Some other media members reveal who they voted for on their WCHA ballot. Can't remember if I did that my first year -- probably not. DId not get a ballot last year.
Only two Twin Cities media members get a ballot each year. Here are my selections:
WCHA first team
Forwards: Jack Connolly, UMD; Ryan Lasch, St. Cloud State and Rhett Rakhshani, DU
Comments: Rakhshani was top scorer in WCHA in all games with 48, Connolly had 45 and Lasch 40. Rak was a leader on best team in conference, maybe the nation. Connolly led UMD in scoring and played well vs. U. Lasch has been one of top players in WCHA for several years.
Defensemen: Ryan McDonagh and Brendan Smith, Wis.
Comments: Smith has 15 goals, 25 assists for 40 points. Quite a total for a D-man. McDonagh was a plus-19 in league games coming into Gophers series.
Goalie: Marc Cheverie, DU
Comment; Easy pick. He shut out Gophers twice and if game with 2-1/2 minutes shoter would have shut them out four times. Played great against other teams, too.
Forwards: Tyler Ruegsegger, DU; Justin Fontaine, UMD; Garrett Roe, St. Cloud State
Comments: All are teammates of first team players and pretty close in statistics and talent to them.
Defensemen: Ben Blood, North Dakota and Garrett Raboin, St. Cloud State
Comments: Blood is anchor on WCHA's top defensive team. Raboin always plays hard, a leader who has been captain for two years.
Goalie: Brad Eidsness, North Dakota
Comments: Eidsness has given up two or fewer goals 23 times this season. Gophers coach Don Lucia, who also gets a vote, said after Sunday's 6-1 rout of Wisconsin he had not filled his out yet. But he disclosed who would get his second team vote for goalie: Alex Kangas, his guy.
Forwards: Kevin Clark, Alaska Anchorage; Bill Sweatt, CC. and Chris VandeVelde, North Dakota
Comments: Three-four other players could just have easily been on third team, Joe Colborne of DU; Blake Geoffrion of Wis, and Mike Connolly of UMD among them.
Defensemen: Patrick Wiercioch, DU and David Fischer, Gophers
Comments: Wiercioch gets a lot of publicity, but DU is loaded with a lot of good players and their defensemen all seem good so he doesn't stand out. Fischer looks a bit like a homer pick. But he has played very well of late and become a steady, reliable D-man for Gophers after a rough start.
Goalie; Dan Dunn, St. Cloud State
Comments: Was 12-3-2 overall
F: Rylan Schwartz, DU; Danny Kristo, North Dakota; Zach Budish, Minnesota
Comments: Schwartz had a goal or an assist on nine game-winnners; Kristo led rookies in points with 30 points. Budish? None of the other rookies stood out, so I went with Budish who has played on the top line since about midseason.
D: Matt Donovan, DU; Nick Leddy, Gophers
Comments: Donovan led Pios in blocks and hits. Leddy has played well ever since Wild traded him to Chicago. Not noticeable because he doesn't make too many mistakes.
G: Joe Howe, CC
Comments: Carried Tigers for first half of season. Struggled of late.
Player of Year: Cheverie ... easy choice
Rookie of Year: Donovan ... easy choice
Coach of Year: Mike Eaves, Wisconsin ... Also considered George Gwozdecky, but he had the goalie to make his life easier and talent up front and on the blue line ... Badgers probably overachieved a bit more than DU
In interests of full disclose: I picked my team before Gophers-Badgers series but doubt I would change anything if I got a second chance tonight.