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Ohio State picked by coaches as Big Ten hockey favorite

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Last year the Ohio State Buckeyes hockey program made history by making just its second ever appearance in the Frozen Four and first since 1998. 

That finish and the returning players have impressed fellow coaches enough to name them the preseason pick to win the Big Ten. Michigan, now in the second year of the Mel Pearson era were picked second.

Last season’s regular season winner, Notre Dame, came in third in the picks this year despite a lot of returning talent in the program. 

One of college hockey’s best-known programs could be in for a rough year if fellow coaches are to be believed. That’s because Wisconsin was picked to finish sixth in the league, with only Michigan State picked behind them. 

Here’s the full list of predicted finish: 

2018-19 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL
1.     Ohio State
2.     Michigan
3.     Notre Dame
4.     Minnesota
5.     Penn State
6.     Wisconsin
7.     Michigan State

The coaches also named Quinn Hughes (Michigan), Taro Hirose (Michigan State), Cale Morris (Notre Dame), Mason Jobst (Ohio State), Tanner Laczynski (Ohio State) and Wyatt Kalynuk (Wisconsin) unanimous picks to the preseason players to watch list. 

Overall, 15 players were mentioned on the full watch list: 

QUINN HUGHES, MICH
Josh Norris, MICH
Jake Slaker, MICH
TARO HIROSE, MSU
Patrick Khodorenko, MSU
Mitch Lewandowski, MSU
Rem Pitlick, MINN
Tyler Sheehy, MINN
CALE MORRIS, ND
MASON JOBST, OSU
Dakota Joshua, OSU
TANNER LACZYNSKI, OSU
Denis Smirnov, PSU
Nate Sucese, PSU
WYATT KALYNUK, WIS
*all caps indicates unanimous selection

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He's a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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