Nebraska-Omaha has a decent history for a program that is still so young. Last year coach Dean Blais led the USA to a first place finish in the World Juniors and then came back from Saskatoon and lead Nebraska-Omaha to a second half run full of big wins, defeating Miami and Michigan.
That was just his first year. Now he has had time to add his own recruits. And based on his reputation he has been winning some recruiting battles that the Mavericks wouldn't have won in years past. Some big recruiting battles. For instance: http://www.omaha.com/article/20100628/MAVS/706289841/-1#here-comes-the-blais-brigade
But are the Mavs ready for the prime time of the WCHA? I would call anyone a lunatic if they admitted to having high expectations for this season, except for one thing. I'll call it the "Blais Factor." Blais matter of factly talks of success all the time. He's not interested in waiting. What is different about his confident talk, is the number of times he has met his own high expectations.
Nebraska-Omaha isn't cocky, but with Coach Blais at the helm there is reason for optimism. They still remember Coach Blais and his powerhouse North Dakota teams in the WCHA. Nobody will take him lightly.