Ridge and Watchung Hills will definitely be in the midst of the race in the Skylands Conference this winter.
Coach: Tim Mullin
The Red Devils have finished on top in the Skylands Conference the last two seasons but expect a dogfight this winter.
Leaders up front for veteran coach Mullin, in his 27th year, will be senior Nick DelGaizo (21 pts), junior Reese Judson (20 pts) and senior Erik Helgeson (11 pts). Also back are senior Jimmy McNally, juniors Colid Ward and Jamie Zimmerman and sophomore Egor Barbarov (9 pts).
Junior Zach Alvin and sophomore Alex Helgeson will have vital roles on defense. Bastion Chorazykiewicz should as well. Henry Craig will be in the goaltending mix.
Newcomers hoping to contribute right away are Tyler Eccles and Connor Grace.
Coach: Tim Tedesco
With eight of their top nine forwards back, the Warriors expect to be able to score more this winter. Offensive output was an issue last winter.
Nic Azzarello, Ryan Getzoff and Kevin McHale, all juniors, will be looked upon to ignite the scoring attack for coach Tedesco.
Senior John Lindewirth and sophomore Dan Gallent both return from regular blue line roles last winter. New freshman Brady Seifert looks to slide into a spot.
In goal, senior Jackson Gottlick projects to be the key guy.
** Pingry, Hunterdon Central, Hillsborough and Bridgewater-Raritan will be in the conference as well.