I just submitted my ballot for some of the CHL's postseason awards. Click here to see the nominees.
Here's what I did:
I chose Ryan Menei of Rapid City for MVP. It was basically between him and Missouri goaltender Rob Nolan. I chose Menei because no one on his team is within 36 points, he's plus-26 and he hasn't done the bulk of his damage on special teams.
For Most Outstanding Goaltender, I chose Jeff Jakaitis of Dayton. I know what you're thinking: Why not Nolan? Statistically, they are very similar, though Nolan has six shutouts to Jakaitis' two. But Missouri is the No. 1 defensive team in the league, and Dayton is eighth, so I think Jakaitis saves them games more often.
For Most Outstanding Defenseman, it was between Rio Grande Valley's Darcy Campbell and Fort Wayne's Frankie DeAngelis. With Campbell, 28 of 52 points came on power plays, so that lessens the impressiveness of his point production to me a little. DeAngelis has 24 of 41 points on the power play. Kind of a wash. Campbell is plus-4. DeAngelis is plus-9. Again, close. In the end, I went with DeAngelis because of overall value to his team. With him in the lineup, the Komets were looking to be like a championship contender again. Once he went down with his concussion, the Komets reverted to one of the worst teams in the league.
Rookie of the Year, I gave to Aaron Lewicki, one of the few bright spots with 21 goals and 49 points for a lowly Rio Grande Valley team.