Forward Steve Quailer - Property of Melissa Wade
This image was burned into the brains of Husky fans last year. It was taken in an exhibition game after Quailer was hit low in the knee by a St. Thomas player.
He needed surgery on his knee and went on to miss the entire season, a season that he was expected to play a major role in and a season where Northeastern was just one point worse than they needed to be to make the playoffs.
This year, Quailer is back and after rehabbing his knee all summer and getting back into game shape, the expectations on both him and the team might be higher than ever.
However, the Huskies lost a lot of key components on the blue line and will be filling those holes with freshman, forward turned defender Randy Guzior, who also missed most of last season with an injury, and a few other faces who haven't quite lived up to the expectations while dealing with injury.
One thing the Huskies will boast now is size though. They have been quite a small team in recent years, but with the addition of this years freshman, they add their fair share of six+ footers.
Wade MacCleod and Tyler McNeely will likely provide most of the scoring but with each freshman class rated better than the last, scoring shouldn't be a problem for the Huskies.
They also return Sophomore Goaltender Chris Rawlings who, at times last year, was the best goalie in the country. But consistency was his problem, and if he can develop that, he will easily surpass Brad Thiessen in the Northeastern record book.