2023-24 College Hockey Power Rankings

Men's Hockey Power Rankings: Boston College Back On Top; Mic...

Chris Peters delivers weekly power rankings for the 2023-24 men's college hockey season.

Each week veteran hockey analyst Chris Peters delivers his men's college hockey power rankings. Check back every week to see who's rising, who's falling and where your favorite team might land.

NOTE: We'll be taking an extended break from our college hockey power rankings over the holidays. We'll be back the second week of January, upon the conclusion of the World Junior Championship. Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!

1. Boston College (13-3-1) | Last Week: 2

Just look at Team USA's World Junior roster and you see the talent BC has. They sent seven players, plus a recruited commit, to the U.S. World Junior Camp including Cutter Gauthier (PHI), Will Smith (SJS), Ryan Leonard (WSH), Gabe Perreault (NYR), Aram Minnetian (DAL), Drew Fortescue (NYR) and Jacob Fowler (MTL), plus commit James Hagens (2025).

2. Quinnipiac (12-4-1) | Last Week: 5

A lone game against LIU wouldn't move the needle a ton, but it marked eight wins over the last nine games for the Bobcats. They're idle until a Dec. 30 home tilt against Holy Cross and can head into the break feeling good about their chances against the field as they remain firmly in NCAA title contention.

3. Boston University (11-4-1) | Last Week: 4

BU was idle last weekend and won't play again until Dec. 29 against Yale. However, the Terriers should be well represented at the World Junior Championship as Tom Willander (VAN) will play for Sweden, Lane Hutson (MTL) will play for USA, and freshman sensation Macklin Celebrini (2024) will play for Team Canada.

4. Denver (12-5-1) | Last Week: 3

The Pioneers split with Western Michigan on the road showed that DU's defensive capabilities continue to leave a little to be desired. The thing is, though, they seem to be able to out-score their problems. Massimo Rizzo (PHI) eclipsed 30 points over the weekend already, while Jack Devine (FLA) notched his 15th goal. 

5. North Dakota (12-5-1) | Last Week: 1

Heavy is the head that wears the No. 1 crown. So heavy in fact, the Fighting Hawks got swept on home ice by Colorado College as the No. 1 team in the land. They've now lost three straight games and won't play a regular NCAA game until Jan. 5. Plenty of time to work out the kinks and get themselves back to rolling.

6. Michigan State (12-4-2) | Last Week: 6

A sweep over a tough Notre Dame squad last weekend sent the Spartans into their winter break on a high note. This team looks to be for real and is heading into the GLI, which you can watch right here on FloHockey, with momentum. They'll be the favorite in the legendary mid-season tournament by a wide margin and you won't want to miss that.

7. Wisconsin (14-4-0) | Last Week: 7

Wisconsin seems to be right back on track. They swept Penn State and are now winners of four straight after their brief lull just a few weeks ago. Perhaps the most encouraging sign of last weekend was the reemergence of Charlie Stramel (MIN), who had four points the same week he was not invited to Team USA's World Junior camp. He had just one goal prior to his four-point outburst against the Nittany Lions.

8. Maine (10-3-1) | Last Week: 8

The Black Bears beat Bentley in their lone action last weekend and will get a little time off before heading to a holiday tournament at Dartmouth where they will meet ranked and dangerous RIT in the opening round. Meanwhile, the Nadeau brothers have continued their transformative season at Maine where Josh leads the team with 22 points and Bradly is right behind him with 21. 

9. UMass (11-4-1) | Last Week: 12

The Minutemen picked up a pair of wins over Alaska Anchorage including an 11-2 drubbing in the first game. UMass will watch star freshman goalie Michael Hrabal (ARI) head to the World Juniors where he'll represent Czechia and likely be that team's starter. So they will be without him for their holiday tournament in northern New York, as well as Latvian Dans Locmelis (BOS), who will also be at the WJC.

10. Minnesota (9-5-4) | Last Week: 11

Minnesota had a mostly feel-good weekend as they went into Columbus and grabbed a win and a tie. That said, the Gophers are lucky shootouts don't count for the national standings because they haven't scored a single goal in any of their shootouts this year, leaving conference points on the board all over the place.

11. Western Michigan (11-4-1) | Last Week: 13

The Broncos had a hard-fought series with Denver and proved they can hang with the Pioneers. They got blown out in the first game, but came back the next night for a gutsy 6-5 OT win. There's probably no shame in giving up 12 goals over a weekend to the highest-scoring offense in the country, but it certainly was a good learning experience to see where Western needs to shore things up.

12. Arizona State (11-3-4) | Last Week: 9

ASU welcomed Dartmouth in a home series and ended up tying both games, which could prove to be a costly weekend in their quest for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament. The Sun Devils currently sit 17th in the Pairwise and have precious few opportunities over the rest of the season to make up that ground. We'll see them on FloHockey this weekend, though, as ASU travels to take on Robert Morris Saturday and Sunday.

13. Providence (9-5-2) | Last Week: 10

The Friars hung with Boston College, but still ended up losing their fourth game in their last five.  They've got just one more game in the month of December before they get some time to gear up for a massive home-and-home series against BC to start the second half.

14. New Hampshire (8-4-1) | Last Week: 14

UNH picked up a 1-0 win over RPI last weekend in their only action. However, you'll be able to catch the Wildcats in two weeks right here on FloHockey as they meet Army and Sacred Heart on the road.

15. Michigan (8-7-3) | Last Week: 15

The Wolverines were idle last week and will be for most of the rest of December. They have a number of players in the mix to play for Team USA at the 2024 IIHF World Junior Championship, so don't risk losing much, if any ground. They're 8-7-3 and still loaded with talent, but they're going to need to turn things around in the second half.

16. RIT (11-5-0) | Last Week: 16

The Tigers split with AIC last weekend in an absolutely incredible series right here on FloHockey. The Tigers have a big opportunity in front of them in two weeks as they head to Dartmouth's Ledyard Bank Classic where they will play Maine in the opening round. RIT still sits at No. 16 in the Pairwise at this early stage and can really help themselves with a good non-conference showing.