College Hockey National Championship Odds Boston College

College Hockey National Championship Odds: Favorites Boston College Will Win It

The NCAA college hockey national championship (that's kind of wordy), is also known as the Frozen Four. And it's heading into the final four with three of the top four schools and the Cinderella Michigan Wolverines.

Last year I called for Quinnipiac to win at all at +600. This year I'm going with the favorites. I'm all in on Boston College. So far that pick is looking good.

NCAA College Hockey National Championship Odds

Odds To Win NCAA Hockey Championship
TeamCurrent OddsOpening Odds
Boston College+140+250
Boston University+235+500
Denver+425+600
Michigan+450+1200

Odds as of April 11

NCAA College Hockey National Championships Odds: Backing Boston

Last year, my vote for Quinnipiac to win the title was based on a number of important stats. Specifically, they had great offensive and defensive numbers. This year, Boston College has those glowing stats.

Offensively, the Eagles have the second-best record with 168 goals. Ducks (and former Philly) prospect Cutter Gauthier leads them with 35 goals in 37 games. And Cutter is only one of BC's hyper-talented youngsters.

They've also got Will Smith (2023 fourth overall), Gabe Perrault (2023 23rd overall) and Ryan Leonard (2023 eighth overall). That's four players who are destined to not only shape the NCAA but the future of the NHL.

Leonard put up two goals and four shots against defending champ Quinnipiac as BC booked their ticket to the Frozen Four.

Defensively BC holds the fourth-best record allowing only 82 goals all year. They've got the right combination of elite offense and top-end defense PLUS star power. The Eagles should wrap this title up without too many problems. 

NCAA College Hockey National Championship Value Pick

Boston University

BC's arch-rivals are well-positioned to upset the favs. They've got the sixth-best offense thanks to Macklin Celebrini, the concesus first-overall pick for the upcoming 2024 NHL draft. 

This season, Celebrini has 32 goals and 64 points in 32 games. In this tournament, Celebrini has a goal and five points in two games. Not bad for the future No.1 pick.

With goalie Mathieu Caron, who's averaged a 0.916SV% and 2.52GAA in his college career, they've got the eighth-best defense. 

They've also taken out the Eagles in the BeanPot earlier in the season. So when it comes to a 1-on-1 battle in important games, B.U. has the upper hand.

Michigan

We've got a Cinderella story with Michigan taking out the always-powerful North Dakota Fighting Hawks and then the No.4 ranked Michigan State Spartans.

The Wolverines aren't as staked as we're used to seeing but they still held the third-best offensive record in the nation with 169 goals. Columbus second-round pick Gavin Brindley leads the way with 25 goals and 53 points through 39 games. 

But they've got weak goaltending. Starter Jake Barczewski holds a 2.81GAA and 0.909SV% this season. And that has Michigan ranked 34th for goals against per game at 3.03. 

In tournaments like these defense is vital and Michigan doesn't have it. I don't expect them to get past the Boston College.

Last 10 NCAA Champions

Last 10 NCAA Hockey Champions
YearTeamConference
2023QuinnipiacECAC
2022Denver (9)NCHC
2021MassachusettsHockey East
2019Minnesota-Duluth (3)NCHC
2018Minnesota-Duluth (2)NCHC
2017Denver (8)NCHC
2016North Dakota (8)NCHC
2015ProvidenceHockey East
2014UnionHockey East
2013YaleECAC
2012Boston College (5)Hockey East

*The numbers in parentheses represent the number of total championships.

As you can tell, the NCAA Division 1 hockey national championship has been dominated by the NCHC and Hockey East conferences. They’ve traded the last eight championships. I do not think that continues this year. 

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