Every year before the season starts there is a running internet argument (amongst those who think they know such things) about which team's incoming class is the best. This year was no different. I'm not going to link anyone or reference the conclusions that all those preseason mavens made. Instead, I crawled around inside the statistics. The season is about 25 percent complete. Statistics are starting to be more revealing. I've broken down Freshman scoring totals in this way: take the number of games freshman have played vs. the number of points they've scored and you get a sort of "batting average".
1. St. Cloud
.674 average (43games - 29points)
.651 average (86games - 56points)
.580 average (50games - 29points)
.470 average (67games - 32points)
.354 average (62games - 22points)
.346 average (75games - 26points)
.333 average (27games - 9points)
.309 average (42games - 13points)
.307 average (39games - 12points)
.277 average (83games - 23points)
All pretty interesting. While there is little argument among those "in the know" that the WCHA is an upperclassmen's league; I think this analysis reveals a surprising impact that freshman can have. 4 of the top 5 teams in that analysis also happen to be in the top 5 of the current league standings. Again ... it's only 25 percent through the season. These numbers will be more interesting to look at later in the year.