Minnesota State took home the top spot in the WCHA Preseason Media Poll as well as the top individual honors handed out at yesterday's league media day.
|Rank||Team (First Place Votes)||Points|
|1||Minnesota State (22)||244|
|2||Ferris State (2)||218|
|8||Bemidji State (1)||108|
Minnesota State junior forward Matt Leitner took home the honor of WCHA Preseason Player of the Year. The Los Alamitos, Calif. native tallied 17 goals and 30 assists last season for the Mavericks. MSU freshman Zach Stepan was pegged as the WCHA Preseason Rookie of the Year. The Fairbault, Minn. native played prep hockey at Shattuck St. Mary's before playing a year in the USHL with the Waterloo Blackhawks. Stepan, originally an Ohio State recruit before de-committing from the Buckeyes, had 35 goals and 47 assists for P.K. O'Handley's Waterloo team last season.
The league's media also picked a preseason all-conference team.
Forward: Matt Leitner, Minnesota State
Forward: Alex Petan, Michigan Tech
Forward: Ryan Carpenter, Bowling Green
Defense: Jason Binkley, Ferris State
Defense: Zach Palmquist, Minnesota State
Goaltender: Stephon Williams, Minnesota State
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