ATB’s 2015-16 WCHA all-star, all-rookie teams

ATB’s 2015-16 WCHA all-star, all-rookie teams
Al Daniel
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2015-16 WCHA all-star, all-rookie teams: Northern Michigan players Dominik Shine and Darren Nowick

Dominik Shine (center) started radiating when Darren Nowick (right) started working with him on a regular basis. (Photo by Nick Wosika/Along the Boards)

Minnesota State’s WCHA championship hopes are not much worse than they were a week ago. Likewise, Alaska’s Cinderella aspirations are simply still alive after such an eventuality was in question until the end of the regular season.

With that being said, a pair of heavily leaned-on individuals come to mind when one realizes that the Mavericks could have had a slightly higher seed than No. 2. Ditto when one considers how close the Nanooks came to devoting the first full week of March to spring cleaning.

The course of each team’s leading scorer’s season in 2015-16 is living proof that October and March count all the same. Whether it was a slump or a timely return from injury, the topmost senior striker at MSU and Alaska held conspcicuous sway over two of the closest races in this year’s standings.

Accordingly, their consistency when healthy, or lack thereof, shall also tip the scale in their respective places on ATB’s 2015-16 WCHA all-star selections.

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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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