The WCHA is a collective case study on the perils of overreliance on a single standout player to drive a team. Based on the national PairWise rankings — which have Michigan Tech in a three-way tie for third — no one is in a position to snag an at-large NCAA tournament bid.
And with only league-on-league action ahead between now and the conference tournament title game, that condition is not liable to budge.
With that being said, each WCHA team’s most valuable asset in this fast-heating pennant race ought to be clear as fresh ice. These are the players who stand out when their teammates stagnate, bailing them out or drawing singled-out sympathy after the horn.
But there are some more hopeful circles, namely programs that have overachieved in 2015-16 or are in realistic crown contention. Even if they have not done it each night, the MVPs of that teams have emerged as a more magnetic, rousing catalyst.
Whether they have enlivened their team or are deferring gratification, here are the league’s 10 team MVPs as the homestretch winds down.