It's a bit earlier than usual, but the Grand Forks Herald released its annual WCHA coaches poll Wednesday. Minnesota State was picked to finish ninth in the 10-team league.North Dakota (79 points) was picked first, receiving seven of 10 first-place votes. Minnesota (74) got the other three and was second. The rest of the picks were: Colorado College (55), Denver (53), Wisconsin (52), St. Cloud State (43), Michigan Tech (41), Minnesota Duluth (23), MSU (19) and Alaska-Anchorage (11).
Last year's Hobey Baker winner, North Dakota forward Ryan Duncan, was the obvious pick for preseason player of the year, getting five votes. Teammates T.J. Oshie and Taylor Chorney got three and one vote, respectively. Minnesota forward Kyle Okposo got the other.
Wisconsin freshman Kyle Turris, the No. 3 overall pick in last summer's NHL draft, was the overwhelming choice for preseason rookie of the year. He received nine votes, while North Dakota's Evan Trupp received one.