A day after the preseason media poll was released, today brought the Mankato (Minn.) Free Press WCHA Preseason Coaches Poll, which delivered largely the same 1-10 predictions and the exact same prognostications for Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and the All-WCHA team.
UAA again was picked to finish ninth, though UAF, picked third in the media poll, was picked fifth by coaches. Minnesota State-Mankato was again voted No. 1.
Michigan Tech was picked third after being picked fifth by the media. UAA sophomore center Blake Tatchell received one vote, as did UAF's Cody Kunyk, for Player of the Year. Senior center Matt Bailey of UAA received one all-league vote. One Rookie of the Year vote went to Michigan Tech's Brent Baltus, who was a UAA recruit until coach Dave Shyiak was fired after last season (Matt Thomas replaced Shyiak) and switched his commitment to the Huskies.
Coaches could not vote for their own teams.
Predicted order of finish (first-place votes in parenthesis). Based on a 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scale; coaches could not vote for their own teams
RankTeamFirst Place VotesPoints
1) Minnesota State 981
2) Ferris State 65
3) Michigan Tech 164
4) Bowling Green 58
5) UAF 54
6) Northern Michigan 40
7) Bemidji State 35
8) Lake Superior State 25
9) UAA 18
10) Alabama Huntsville 10
Preseason WCHA Player of the Year
Matt Leitner, Jr., F, Minnesota State (5 votes); Alex Petan, So., F, Michigan Tech (2); Ryan Carpenter, Jr., F, Bowling Green (1); Cody Kunyk, Sr., F, UAF (1); Blake Tatchell, So., F, Alaska Anchorage (1).
Preseason WCHA Rookie of the Year
Zach Stepan, F, Minnesota State (8); Brent Baltus, F, Michigan Tech (1); Shane Sooth, F, Northern Michigan (1).
Preseason All-WCHA Team
Forwards: Matt Leitner, Jr., Minnesota State; Ryan Carpenter, Jr., Bowling Green; Alex Petan, So., Michigan Tech. Defensemen: Zach Palmquist, Jr., Minnesota State; Jason Binkley, Jr., Ferris State. Goaltender: Stephon Williams, So., Minnesota State.
Others receiving votes: Forwards: Blake Tatchell, So., Alaska Anchorage; Matt Bailey, Sr., Alaska Anchorage; Cody Kunyk, Sr., UAF; Garrett Thompson, Sr., Ferris State. Defensemen: Colton Parayko, So., UAF; Matt Prapavessis, Jr., Bemidji State; Mike Sullivan, Jr., Bowling Green; Ralfs Freibergs, So., Bowling Green; Scott Czarnowczan, Sr., Ferris State; Kevin Czuczman, Jr., Lake Superior State; C.J. Ludwig, Sr., Northern Michigan. Goaltender: Kevin Kapalka, Sr., Lake Superior State.