COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With the third regular season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) complete, the NCHC revealed its 2015-16 All-Rookie Team Tuesday, which consists of six players representing five different teams. St. Cloud State was the lone team to place two players on the squad, making up the defensive corps with Will Borgen and Jimmy Schuldt. The forwards consist of North Dakota’s Brock Boeser, Denver’s Dylan Gambrell and Miami’s Jack Roslovic, while Omaha goaltender Evan Weninger rounds out the team.
Boeser was the top vote-getter with 40 points, including 13 of a possible 14 first-place votes, while Schuldt totaled 36 points. Gambrell and Borgen each received 34 points with both Huskies and Gambrell earning 11 first-place votes each. Roslovic picked up six first-place votes and 26 points, while Weninger totaled 38 points with 12 of 14 first-place votes.
Boeser (Burnsville, Minn.) was the NCHC scoring champion with 35 points in 24 conference games, becoming the first freshman in the NCHC to claim the title, while his 35 points in conference play are the most in a season in the NCHC’s short history. The Canucks prospect also led all players with 20 goals in NCHC play, including four game-winners, while posting a plus-23 plus/minus rating and averaging 1.46 points per game in conference games. Gambrell (Bonney Lake, Wash.) was second in NCHC rookie scoring with 30 points in 24 games, including leading all NCHC freshmen with 18 assists in conference play. He also scored four game-winning goals and tallied a plus-10 rating while both he and Boeser each captured five NCHC weekly honors during the season. Roslovic (Columbus, Ohio), a Jets draft pick, finished tied for fourth in NCHC rookie scoring with 16 points in 24 games, including five goals, four of which came on the power play and one of which was a game-winner. All three forwards were tabbed NCHC Rookie of the Month once during the season, as well.
On the blue line, Schuldt (Minnetonka, Minn.) led all NCHC players with a plus-26 rating in conference play and was second among all NCHC skaters with 60 blocked shots in 24 games. He also added 16 points to lead all NCHC rookie defensemen, tallying six goals and 10 assists. Schuldt’s Husky teammate, Borgen (Moorhead, Minn.), led all NCHC freshman blue liners with 11 assists in 22 conference games. The Sabres prospect also posted a plus-13 rating, which was third among NCHC rookies, and blocked 27 shots. Weninger (Saskatoon, Sask.) played and started 14 of 24 conference games in net for the Mavericks, posting a 7-7-0 record with a .904 save percentage and a 2.97 goals-against average, both of which were tops among NCHC freshman goaltenders. Weninger was a three-time NCHC weekly award honoree and was the November NCHC Rookie of the Month.
Voting was conducted by the head coaches and one student-athlete at each institution. Coaches and student-athletes voted for six forwards, four defensemen and two goaltenders, awarding first-place votes for six players (three forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender) and second-place votes for the other six selections. Three points were awarded for a first-place vote while one point was awarded for a second-place vote. Coaches and players were not allowed to vote for themselves or their players/teammates.
The NCHC will announce its All-Conference Teams on Wednesday and its individual award finalists on Thursday. Individual award winners will be announced at the NCHC Awards Celebration in Minneapolis, Minn. on Thursday, March 17.
NCHC All-Rookie Team
Brock Boeser, F, North Dakota – 40 points (13 first-place votes)
Dylan Gambrell, F, Denver – 34 (11)
Jack Roslovic, F, Miami – 26 (6)
Jimmy Schuldt, D, St. Cloud State – 36 (11)
Will Borgen, D, St. Cloud State – 34 (11)
Evan Weninger, G, Omaha – 38 (12)