Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Not-so-great expectations

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.


Joe said...

Shane. The rankings do not seem charitable to MSU. When is someone going to rank them higher than ninth or tenth. Or is this another "rebuilding" year?

Jeremy said...

I would venture a guess that they will pick higher than ninth or tenth when we are actually deserving of something higher? but with Jutting working the bench for the foreseeable future, and apparently most of mankato being ok with that, i just dont see any other outcome. depressing isn't it?

Anthony said...

I agree with Jeremy. The Mavs had a golden opportunity last year to dump Jutting. Either Buisman doesn't care about losing or he's delusional.

Two years and counting til the next opportunity.

Shane Frederick said...

Thanks for leaving comments! I was a little surprised by the ninth-place pick. I thought they'd land seventh or eighth. Michigan Tech appears to be everyone's "sexy pick" this season, but I'm not sure I'd put Duluth ahead of the Mavericks yet.