It hurts big time, but DU can still make the tournament if the freshmen can contribute and the goaltending is more consistent. One thing this year's squad had that last year's didn't was depth. Luckily for Denver, NoDak, CC and Wisconsin have also suffered losses and it's a strong possibility that Kessel will sign with the Bruins.
What's funny was that I was about to pay for my West Regional/ FF tickets. I'm still going to buy them. Regardless of whether Denver is in the tourney or not, it's still a great experience to go to one these tournaments.