Every WCHA team’s most valuable player in 2015-16

Every WCHA team’s most valuable player in 2015-16
Al Daniel
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2015-16 WCHA team MVPs: Ferris State vs. Northern Michigan

Senior defenseman Brandon Ansemini has brought the Bulldogs into a compelling, ongoing home-ice derby with Northern Michigan. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Along the Boards)

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.

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Al Daniel

Along the Boards' NCAA editor, Al is an alumnus of Shattuck-St. Mary's and Providence College. His work has previously appeared in the Faribault Daily News, Let's Play Hockey, Access North GA, Beyond the Dashers, the Pawtucket Times, USCHO, USA Hockey Magazine and Bleacher Report.

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