Last week, I unveiled my ballot for the Hockey East All-Rookie Team. I am a firm believer in the best players making the All-Hockey East teams regardless of year in school and not attempting to spread the love. Hockey East only does a first and second team, but we'll do three teams instead of honorable mentions.
Lastly, my selections for the three All-Hockey East teams are based on performance in conference games this season. They are not based on the probability of future success in the NHL. If it were, Michael Matheson would have made one of the three teams, but for as much skill as he shows on certain shifts, he wasn't consistently one of the best six defensemen in Hockey East this winter.
There were certainly other tough omissions such as UConn goaltender Rob Nichols, BU freshman defenseman Brandon Hickey and Massachusetts forward Frank Vatrano, among others.
SB Nation All-Hockey East First Team
Forward: Jack Eichel, Fr., Boston University
Forward: Vince Hinostroza, Soph., Notre Dame
Forward: Evan Rodrigues, Sr., Boston University
Defense: Matt Grzelcyk, Jr., Boston University
Defense: Noah Hanifin, Fr., Boston College
Goaltender: Jon Gillies, Jr., Providence
SB Nation All-Hockey East Second Team
Forward: Kevin Roy, Jr., Northeastern
Forward: Danny O'Regan, Jr., Boston University
Forward: Noel Acciari, Jr., Providence
Defense: Michael Kapla, Soph., UMass Lowell
Defense: Michael Paliotta, Sr., Vermont
Goaltender: Thatcher Demko, Soph., Boston College
SB Nation All-Hockey East Third Team
Forward: Devin Shore, Jr., Maine
Forward: Ahti Oksanen, Jr., Boston University
Forward: Tyler Kelleher, Soph., New Hampshire
Defense: Robbie Russo, Sr., Notre Dame
Defense: Ian McCoshen, Soph., Boston College
Goaltender: Rasmus Tirronen, Sr., Merrimack