With the NCHC season regular season, it's time to cast votes for individual and all-league honors. We don't get an official vote in the NCHC post-season awards, but we'll post our own ballot anyway, since it makes for a good topic of discussion.
Here's a look at the best in the NCHC this season:
F-Jonny Brodzinski, St. Cloud
F-Josh Archibald, Nebraska-Omaha
F-Chase Balisy, Western Michigan
D-Dillon Simpson, North Dakota
D-Andrew Prochno, St. Cloud
G-Sam Brittain, Denver
No real surprises here. Prochno is the only one that wasn't necessarily a statistical leader, but there was no doubt he was SCSU's top defenseman and he had a great year.
F-Nic Dowd, St. Cloud
F-Rocco Grimaldi, North Dakota
F-Austin Czarnik, Miami
D-Andy Welinski, Minnesota-Duluth
D-Kevin Gravel, St. Cloud
G-Zane Gothberg, North Dakota
The second team is a little more based on overall play rather than just points scored. These guys were all extremely effective players, even if they weren't at the top of the scoring charts.
F-Trevor Moore, Denver
F-Jake Guentzel, Nebraska-Omaha
F-Kyle Osterberg, Minnesota-Duluth
D-Paul LaDue, North Dakota
D-Jaccob Slavin, Colorado College
G-No rookie played 33% of his team's minutes in conference play.
This group was pretty clear above the rest of the league rookies. An argument could be made for Slavin and Guentzel on the All-League teams. LaDue, Osterberg, and Moore were all extremely impressive too.
Player of the Year- Josh Archibald, Nebraska-Omaha
Coach of the Year- Bob Motzko, St. Cloud
Rookie of the Year- Jaccob Slavin, Colorado College
Archibald and Slavin were both incredible this year. Slavin may have been a snub from the all-league teams. Mtozko deserves a lot of credit for taking a team that lost a Hobey Baker winner, a defenseman of the year, and a great senior scorer, and repeating as league champion.