Minnesota State has a lot to live up to this season. We're still three days before the official start of the season, and more praise has been heaped upon the Mavericks.
U.S. College Hockey Online named MSU junior center Matt Leitner one of its 10 forwards to watch this season. Quoting an opposing coach, USCHO wrote: "Matt Leitner is a very savvy 5 on 5 and on the power play. He is very patient with the puck and is the type of player who is very dangerous on the rush and making plays in the offensive zone. He has been a top scorer in the USHL as well as in the WCHA. He has natural offensive ability."
Other WCHA players on USCHO's 10 to Watch lists include: Bowling Green forward Ryan Carpenter, Ferris State defenseman Jason Binkley, Ferris State goalie C.J. Motte and, as I wrote earlier, MSU goalie Stephon Williams.
Meanwhile, College Hockey News named Leitner a second-team forward in its Preseason All-CHN Teams.