Thursday, October 4, 2012

3rd Annual WCHA Blogger & Website Preseason Poll

The ballots have been returned and tallied for the 3rd Annual WCHA Blogger & Website Preseason Poll. We had 18 participants this year, with representation from eight of the conference's twelve schools. Of note, not all participants cast votes for every category, which will be noted below. Also, there were two ties in the All-Conference Team voting. Ben Hanowski and Danny Kristo tied at forward with eight votes each, while Nick Jensen and Nate Schmidt tied at defense with 7 votes each. Thanks to all who participated, and here are the results:

Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1. Minnesota (15) 199
2. North Dakota (2) 187
3. Denver (1) 162
4. Wisconsin 142
5. Minnesota-Duluth 126
6. St. Cloud State 119
7. Nebraska-Omaha 97
8. Colorado College 94.5
9. Michigan Tech 78.5
10. Minnesota State-Mankato 58
11. Bemidji State 44
12. Alaska-Anchorage 19

All-Conference Team (17 Voters)
F -  Nick Bjugstad, Minnesota
F -  Mark Zengerle, Wisconsin
F -  Ben Hanowski, St. Cloud State
F -  Danny Kristo, North Dakota
D -  Joey LaLeggia, Denver
D -  Nick Jensen, St. Cloud State
D -  Nate Schmidt, Minnesota
G -  Sam Brittain, Denver

Player of the Year (17 Voters)
Nick Bjugstad, Minnesota (9)

Others receiving multiple votes:
Mark Zengerle, Wisconsin (4)
Erik Haula, Minnesota (2)

Rookie of the Year (17 Voters)
Rocco Grimaldi, North Dakota (6)

Others receiving multiple votes:
Nic Kerdiles, Wisconsin (4)
Andy Welinski, Minnesota-Duluth (2)
Austin Farley, Minnesota-Duluth (2)

Defenseman of the Year (17 Voters)
Joey LaLeggia, Denver (9)

Others receiving multiple votes:
Nick Jensen, St. Cloud State (3)
Nate Schmidt, Minnesota (2)

Breakout Player of the Year (17 Voters)
Caleb Herbert, Minnesota-Duluth (2)
Andrej Sustr, Nebraska-Omaha (2)

13 others received a single vote.

Again, a big thank you to everyone who took part:
Timothy Boger, Kelly Green & White (North Dakota)
Jeremy Larson, Husky Hockey Time (St. Cloud State)
Nathan Wells/@gopherstate, SB Nation MN/College Hockey News/SBNation (Minnesota/WCHA)
Tim Braun, Tech Hockey Guide (Michigan Tech)
Andrew Craig, College Hockey High Horse (Minnesota-Duluth)
Matt Christians/@Bulldog_Country, Bulldog Country (Minnesota-Duluth)
South Tex Gopher, Gopher Puck Live (Minnesota)
Steve Fetch/@fetch9, The Checking Line
Zack Friedli, Hockey State of Mind/College Hockey News (Minnesota-Duluth)
Eric Burton (Goon), Goon's World/The Hockey Writers Combine (North Dakota)
GopherGuy33, Gopher Puck Live (Minnesota)
Andy Johnson, Bucky's 5th Quarter (Wisconsin)
Jeff Baker/@UNOMavMania, Mav Mania (Nebraska-Omaha)
Joe Paisley, Paisley Hockey (Colorado College)
gmf1a, CC Tiger Hockey Forum (Colorado College)
Donn Schuschke (Sioux 7), Goon's World (North Dakota)
Matthew Semisch, USCHO
Chad, A Tradition of Excellence (North Dakota)


  1. There should be a first-place vote for UMD! What happened to the "ballot" you filled out for me?? :D

  2. Replies
    1. Goon, I hate to have to be the one to say it, but I think RWD was too good for us this year. Either that or she's focusing on the 1st Annual NCHC Preseason Poll?

    2. That will be awesome the first annual NCHC poll.

    3. Agreed. Need to find reps from Denver and Western Michigan to include. I also like what Tim at THG is doing with the weekly web media poll. That's something worth considering for the NCHC as well.

  3. Huh... Now Donna is too good for us... I am hurt. :)