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gfmorris
08-31-2015, 04:35 PM
Well, Jack Hittinger put his pre-season media poll out today, so it's time to start talking about the regular season. An exercise for the interested poster(s):

1. What's your 1-10 ranking of the teams?

2. What's the banding of those teams? Last year it was 1-3, 4-7 (less Ala*ka), and 8-10. I don't think that the gap between the first and second tiers will be as big, and the overall grouping will be.

3. What are your first- and second-team All-WCHA picks?

4. Who is your player of the year?

5. What's your All-Rookie team, and who is your newcomer of the year?

GFM < working on his list, since his vote "counts"

manurespreader
08-31-2015, 04:51 PM
Well, Jack Hittinger put his pre-season media poll out today, so it's time to start talking about the regular season. An exercise for the interested poster(s):

1. What's your 1-10 ranking of the teams?

2. What's the banding of those teams? Last year it was 1-3, 4-7 (less Ala*ka), and 8-10. I don't think that the gap between the first and second tiers will be as big, and the overall grouping will be.

3. What are your first- and second-team All-WCHA picks?

4. Who is your player of the year?

5. What's your All-Rookie team, and who is your newcomer of the year?

GFM < working on his list, since his vote "counts"
So geoff, what's your take on this first?

bigblue_dl
08-31-2015, 05:03 PM
Well, Jack Hittinger put his pre-season media poll out today, so it's time to start talking about the regular season. An exercise for the interested poster(s):

1. What's your 1-10 ranking of the teams?

2. What's the banding of those teams? Last year it was 1-3, 4-7 (less Ala*ka), and 8-10. I don't think that the gap between the first and second tiers will be as big, and the overall grouping will be.

3. What are your first- and second-team All-WCHA picks?

4. Who is your player of the year?

5. What's your All-Rookie team, and who is your newcomer of the year?

GFM < working on his list, since his vote "counts"
1. MSU-Mankato
2. Michigan Tech
3. Bowling Green
4. Alaska

5. Bemidji State
6. Northern Michigan
7. Ferris State

8. Alaska-Anchorage
9. Alabama-Huntsville
10. Lake Superior State

First Team:
F Bryce Gervais, MSU-M (POY)
F Alex Petan, Michigan Tech
F Brandon Hawkins, Bowling Green
D Casey Nelson, MSU-M
D Shane Hanna, Michigan Tech
G Jamie Phillips, Michigan Tech

Second Team:
F Tyler Morley, Alaska
F Brad McClure, MSU-M
F Max McHugh, Alabama-Huntsville
D Brock Maschmeyer, Northern Michigan
D Mark Friedman, Bowling Green
G Carmine Guerrero, Alabama-Huntsville

Rookie Team: TBD - Have not done nearly enough research to speculate on the rookies, at this point.

gfmorris
08-31-2015, 05:04 PM
I'd like to make a request: would a fan from each team be so kind as to do a list of additions and subtractions from your roster from 14-15 to 15-16?


So geoff, what's your take on this first?

That's not an easy one.

I haven't spent much time thinking about it, but I have it as BG-MTU-MSU >> UAH-BSU-FSU-UAF > UAA-LSU But it's going to be really tight. I talked to Mike Corbett this morning, and he agreed: the top tier will be closer to the second tier this year, and the second group is going to be a tossup.

Until I've had time to look at all 10 rosters to know who came and went, it'll be difficult for me to answer the all-league teams.

GFM

beaverhockeyfan
08-31-2015, 05:17 PM
For BSU:

Subtractions:
Sam Windle-D
James Hansen-D
Matt Prapavessis-D
Philip Brewer-F
Sam Rendle-D
Mitch Cain-F
Andrew Walsh-G


Additions
Dan Billett-D
Ian Janco-D
Jay Dickman-F (red shirted last year)
TJ Roo-F
Mike Soucier-F
Adam Lovick-F
Dillon Eichstadt-D
Justin Baudry-D

blackswampboy
08-31-2015, 05:17 PM
I'd like to make a request: would a fan from each team be so kind as to do a list of additions and subtractions from your roster from 14-15 to 15-16?
GFM

BGSU roster changes

subtractions:
Nolan Valleau, D
Connor Kucera, D
Mike Sullivan, D
Rusty Hafner, D
Austin Carroll, D
Dan DeSalvo, F
Adam Berkle, F
Ted Pletsch, F

additions:
Matthew Ferrari, D (OJHL/Toronto Jr. Canadiens) Season: 44-3-14-17 Playoffs: 16-3-12-15
Connor McDonald, D (USHL/Chicago Steel*) 45-2-7-9
Chris Pohlkamp, D (USHL/Sioux Falls Stampede) 59-2-14-16
Shane Bednard, F (USHL/Bloomington Thunder) 58-16-23-39
Stephen Baylis, F (CCHL/Carleton Place Canadians*)
Season: 54-32-37-69 Playoffs: 15-7-15-22 Championships: 6-3-1-4 Tournament: 3-4-1-5
Joe McKeown, F (OJHL/Wellington Dukes) Season: 53-29-37-66 Playoffs: 4-1-3-4
John Schilling, F (USHL/Chicago Steel) 48-15-18-33
*Team Captain

edit: junior teams

mmf
08-31-2015, 06:22 PM
For UAF:

Senior Departures:
Garrick Perry (F), Sr., 33-7-13-20
Trever Campbell (D), Sr., 34-3-12-15
Nolan Kaiser (D), Sr., 33-4-7-11
Jared Larson (F), Sr., 9-1-0-1
Justin Tateson (D), Sr., 3-0-0-0
Nolan Youngmun (F), Sr., 25-2-1-3
Sean Cahill (G), Sr., 16=9-6-1, 1.98GAA, .919Sv%

Non-senior departures:
Colton Parayko (D), Jr.
Shawn Hochhausen (F), So.
Matt Friese (F), Jr.
Jared Linnell (F), So.

Additions: (stats from a while back - haven't doubled checked)
John Mullally (LC), 5'9, 185, 20yr - AJHL-Whitecourt Wolverines, 60-21-29-50
Ryker Leer (LW), 5'10, 187, 19yr - AJHL-Camrose Kodiaks , 57-23-36-59
Chad Staley (RW), 5'9, 175, 21yr - BCHL-Prince George Spruce Kings, 50-22-36-58
Jasen Fernsler (C), 6'0, 165, 21yr - NAHL-Topeka Roadrunners, 60-17-37-54
Nik Koberstein (D), 6'2, 187, 19yr - AJHL-Olds Grizzlies & USHL, combined 61-4-8-12
Jordan Burns (D), 6'0 190, 20yr - BCHL-Powel River & Silverbacks, combined 48-3-23-26
Jesse Jenks (G), 6'2, 185, 20yr - BCHL-Prince George Spruce Kings, 18-5-1, 3.57GAA, .902 Sv%
Jack Weiss (D), 5'11, 174, 21 - NAHL-Minn Wilderness/Rio Grande, combined 50-0-9-9

***and hopefully Justin Woods (D), Jr. is back and healthy :)

mmf
08-31-2015, 06:45 PM
I believe every WCHA team has posted their roster except for FSU & LSSU (although there may been changes since I last looked). I usually post the table below on our own season thread when I have seen all the rosters, but thought I'd post what I have even without FSU & LSSU. I know there are better sources out there, but I just throw what I want to see on one summary worksheet. I don't guarantee this is completely accurate.

Best guess for 2015-16:
<a href="https://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/201516-Hockey-Season/n-3B6CTS/i-S4XndKP/A"><img src="https://mmf.smugmug.com/photos/i-S4XndKP/0/L/i-S4XndKP-L.jpg" alt="Photo &amp; Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

seawolfpunk
08-31-2015, 06:45 PM
UAA departures
Seniors-Brett Cameron, Scott Allen, Kory Roy, Derek Docken, Austin Coldwell
Early Departures- Michael Matyas, Hudson Friesen, Hayden Trupp

New Comers
Sean Mactavish, Wyatt Ege, Nathan & Jonah Renouf, Jeremiah Luedtke, Evan hauser, Eric Roberts, Luke McColgan, Alex Jackstadt, Cam Amantea, Nicolas Erb-Ekholm & Mason Mitchell.

gfmorris
08-31-2015, 06:46 PM
I believe every WCHA team has posted their roster except for FSU & LSSU (although there may been changes since I last looked). I usually post the table below on our own season thread when I have seem all the rosters, but thought I'd post what I have even without FSU & LSSU. I know there are better sources out there, but I just throw what I want to see on one summary worksheet. I don't guarantee this is completely accurate.

<a href="https://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/201516-Hockey-Season/n-3B6CTS/i-S4XndKP/A"><img src="https://mmf.smugmug.com/photos/i-S4XndKP/0/L/i-S4XndKP-L.jpg" alt="Photo & Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

You're my kinda guy.

GFM

blackswampboy
08-31-2015, 06:48 PM
I believe every WCHA team has posted their roster except for FSU & LSSU (although there may been changes since I last looked). I usually post the table below on our own season thread when I have seem all the rosters, but thought I'd post what I have even without FSU & LSSU. I know there are better sources out there, but I just throw what I want to see on one summary worksheet. I don't guarantee this is completely accurate.

with Valleau's recent signing, BGSU's roster is down to 27, with 11 from the USHL.

FloridaCat
08-31-2015, 07:37 PM
I'd like to make a request: would a fan from each team be so kind as to do a list of additions and subtractions from your roster from 14-15 to 15-16?



That's not an easy one.

I haven't spent much time thinking about it, but I have it as BG-MTU-MSU >> UAH-BSU-FSU-UAF > UAA-LSU But it's going to be really tight. I talked to Mike Corbett this morning, and he agreed: the top tier will be closer to the second tier this year, and the second group is going to be a tossup.

Until I've had time to look at all 10 rosters to know who came and went, it'll be difficult for me to answer the all-league teams.

GFM


Where are my beloved NMU Wildcats Geof?

manurespreader
08-31-2015, 09:01 PM
Well from a general perspective I think the league as a whole will be better. I agree it will be quite a bit closer. I think nearly every team will be better than last years'. Having said that I question if MSU can do it again.( However their second half schedule is fairly easy so they might be tough to beat once again.) I think Bemidji will have a tough time being as good as last year.
I really don't know much about the rest of the field except for Tech, which I think will have a better team, with more speed on defense.

Laker Dude
08-31-2015, 09:17 PM
Where are my beloved NMU Wildcats Geof?

They must be on a completely different level.

mmf
08-31-2015, 09:55 PM
While strength of play will determine where everyone finishes, the schedule also plays a part. Below shows how the conference schedule shakes out.

<a href="https://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/201516-Hockey-Season/n-3B6CTS/i-RCSCT2q/A"><img src="https://mmf.smugmug.com/photos/i-RCSCT2q/0/L/i-RCSCT2q-L.jpg" alt="Photo &amp; Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

Regardless how hard a team may play them this year, based only on opponent’s prior year finishes, NMU and UAA may have the tougher conference schedules, while MSU probably doesn’t. Keep in mind that this over-simplistic look at things (# games x last year final ranking) is kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy, where last year’s lower finishers will usually have tougher ranked schedules.

<a href="https://mmf.smugmug.com/Alaska-Nanook-Hockey/201516-Hockey-Season/n-3B6CTS/i-zcWPrmP/A"><img src="https://mmf.smugmug.com/photos/i-zcWPrmP/0/L/i-zcWPrmP-L.jpg" alt="Photo &amp; Video Sharing by SmugMug"></a>

That's all I got. Now it's time to ignore all this and for everyone to just pick what their gut tells them.

jsmithe
08-31-2015, 11:52 PM
I'd like to make a request: would a fan from each team be so kind as to do a list of additions and subtractions from your roster from 14-15 to 15-16

GFM

Here's what Lake Superior is looking like:

Senior Departures:
Andrew Dommett - F
Stephen Perfetto - F
Chris Ciotti - F

Non-Senior Departures:
Ian Miller - F
Mitch Nardi - F
Garret Clemment - F
Nathan Harris - D
Pete Megariotis - G
Luke Sandler - F

Additions:
Josh Henke - F (transfer from Maine)
Diego Cuglietta - F
Matt McArdle - F
Christopher Hayes - F
Jake Hand - F
Mitch Hults - F
Anthony Nellis - F
Josh Nenedal - F
Owen Headrick - D
Gage Torrel - F
Nick Kossoff - G
To Be Determined - Assistant Coach

gfmorris
09-01-2015, 12:02 AM
They must be on a completely different level.

Oops. I have the Wildcats in that middle tier.

GFM

gfmorris
09-01-2015, 12:08 AM
As for UAH:

Gone: Reid, Pierce, Strukoff, Reinhardt, and Vanderlugt to graduation; Block and Siersma to other endeavors (thanks for the depth, guys).
In: Nine new guys (http://uahhockey.com/blog/2015/08/10/hoof-beats-newcomer-notes/).

I don't think that any of our new guys are to Max McHugh's level, but Houcher has a proven record of scoring in juniors that we hope will transfer to D-I. The overall talent level takes a jump up for us with this class, which brings us much-needed depth. At the end of the year, we were playing with 10-11 healthy forwards, one of whom was hard to keep in the lineup, and two defensemen that were regularly playing forward. It sounds like both Carlson and White will do that again this year.

GFM

Squarebanks
09-01-2015, 01:34 AM
For UAF:

Senior Departures:
Garrick Perry (F), Sr., 33-7-13-20
Trever Campbell (F), Sr., 34-3-12-15
Nolan Kaiser (D), Sr., 33-4-7-11
Jared Larson (F), Sr., 9-1-0-1
Justin Tateson (D), Sr., 3-0-0-0
Nolan Youngmun (F), Sr., 25-2-1-3
Sean Cahill (G), Sr., 16=9-6-1, 1.98GAA, .919Sv%

Non-senior departures:
Colton Parayko (D), Jr.
Shawn Hochhausen (F), So.
Matt Friese (F), Jr.
Jared Linnell F), So.

Additions: (stats from a while back - haven't doubled checked)
John Mullally (LC), 5'9, 185, 20yr - AJHL-Whitecourt Wolverines, 60-21-29-50
Ryker Leer (LW), 5'10, 187, 19yr - AJHL-Camrose Kodiaks , 57-23-36-59
Chad Staley (RW), 5'9, 175, 21yr - BCHL-Prince George Spruce Kings, 50-22-36-58
Jasen Fernsler (C), 6'0, 165, 21yr - NAHL-Topeka Roadrunners, 60-17-37-54
Nik Koberstein (D), 6'2, 187, 19yr - AJHL-Olds Grizzlies & USHL, combined 61-4-8-12
Jordan Burns (D), 6'0 190, 20yr - BCHL-Powel River & Silverbacks, combined 48-3-23-26
Jesse Jenks (G), 6'2, 185, 20yr - BCHL-Prince George Spruce Kings, 18-5-1, 3.57GAA, .902 Sv%
Jack Weiss (D), 5'11, 174, 21 - NAHL-Minn Wilderness/Rio Grande, combined 50-0-9-9

***and hopefully Justin Woods (D), Jr. is back and healthy :)

Wasn't Trevor Campbell a D?

We lost a lot of scoring, but we have some guys coming in who put up some nice numbers in juniors, plus Koberstein is an Habs draft pick. With 42% roster turnover I don't necessarily see these guys gelling early on but if the young guys figure out the college game in due time we might be in a position to catch fire in the second half. Also worth noting is it sounds like Tyler Morley is healthy.

Thanks for posting the data.

mmf
09-01-2015, 06:14 AM
Wasn't Trevor Campbell a D?

Yep. Good catch. Fixed.