Butschli is going to lead the attack for the Borderites this season. Butschli's quickness and ball skills mark him a threat to score in every game. Even more important, though, is the leadership he is going to provide for a team under new coach Giovanni Quesada.
Botterill's presence on the Red Raiders' back line becomes even more of a factor following the graduation of Auden Schilder. Bellingham allowed just .57 goals per game last year, and held 12 teams scoreless, and the Red Raiders need similar numbers to win another NWC title.
Fransen's play up front, combined with the play of Lucas Reardon and Toby Dalla Santa, made for a formidable front line for the Lyncs last year. Dalla Santa and Reardon are both gone, so much of the scoring duties will fall on Fransen, who scored 13 goals and had five assists last year.
As a sophomore, Gutierrez held opposing teams to 1.25 goals per game, and blanked four opponents. He only allowed more than one goal on five occasions, and will be a solid anchor for the Lions, who recorded a 7-3-6 overall record, and a 6-2-4 record in conference play last year.
Kogan anchored a defensive group that allowed just 20 goals in 18 games. His pressure and tenacity on the defensive end played a big factor in the Storm going 8-2-2 and placing second the Northwest Conference, and his experience and leadership is a plus, too.