The results of this year's 94X (X!...X....x....)WCHA Preseason Media Poll have been released. As a reminder, here was 1/26th of the voting in the form of my ballot.
Here's what the poll looks like this year(First place votes in parentheses):
2. Colorado College (7)
3. North Dakota (2)
4. Nebraska-Omaha (1)
7.(tie) St. Cloud State
10. Bemidji State
11. Minnesota State
12. Michigan Tech
Preseason Player of the Year goes to Denver's Jason Zucker, with 10 votes, just barely edging out Colorado College's Jaden Schwartz with 8 votes. Minnesota-Duluth's Jack Connolly, Wisconsin's Justin Schultz, and Denver's Drew Shore all also received votes.
Rocco Grimaldi ran away with rookie of the year voting with `17 votes. Also receiving votes were Minnesota's Seth Ambroz, Denver's Scott Mayfield, Alaska-Anchorage's Sam Mellor, and Minnesota's Kyle Rau
Scott Owens beat out Mel Pearson 8-5 for preseason coach of the year.
The Preseason All-League Team:
F-Jason Zucker, Denver
F-Jaden Schwartz, Colorado College (unanimous selection)
F-Jack Connolly, Minnesota-Duluth
D-Ben Blood, North Dakota
D-Justin Schultz, Wisconsin (unanimous selection)
G-Aaron Dell, North Dakota
Also receiving votes: JT Brown, Rocco Grimaldi, Corban Knight, Danny Kristo, Drew Shore, Gabe Guentzel, Brad Hunt, Nick Jensen, Brady Lamb, David Makowski, John Faulkner, Kent Patterson