Since there is no ECHL All-Star Game in 2016, Team Sin Bin and ECHL writers from all across North America came together to pick our own Sin Bin All-Star Teams for 2015-16 season. After tabulating all of the votes, here are our picks for the Western Conference All-Star Team:
Tyler Barnes – Missouri Mavericks
Throughout a lot of player movement between Bridgeport and Missouri, Barnes has been the glue that has kept the Mavericks playing at such a high level. He is tied for second in points in the league and leads the Mavericks with a +22.
Chad Costello – Allen Americans
After getting snubbed a year ago for the league MVP honors, Costello has responded with another stellar season. He’s on pace for another 100 point season and has kept Allen within reach of Missouri.
Trent Daavettila – Colorado Eagles
Despite a slow start, the Eagles are right in the thick of things in the West Division, due in large part to the play of Daavettila. He is tied with Barnes for second in the league in points and Colorado will need him to keep playing at a high level as they chase Cincinnati for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Mike Embach – Fort Wayne Komets
The Komets sit atop the Midwest Division, but have three teams within seven points of them in the standings. A large part of their success has been because of Embach, who leads the league in power play goals with nine.
Rob Linsmayer – Idaho Steelheads
When Colton Beck was called up to the Iowa Wild, many wondered who would shoulder the load for Idaho. In steps Linsmayer who leads the Steelheads with 38 points, good for ninth in the ECHL.
Jesse Root – Missouri Mavericks
Even with missing eight games while in the AHL, Root is averaging 1.32 points per game, second only to Costello (minimum 25 games played). He is second in the ECHL in goals scored with 18, and fourth in points with 41.
Collin Bowman – Colorado Eagles
The Littleton, CO native is having another solid campaign for Eagles coach Chris Stewart. Bowman ranks fourth in the ECHL in scoring among defensemen (26) and third among defensemen in goals (9). Bowman and Adrian Veideman have been a calming force for the Eagles on the blueline so far this season, and that will need to continue if Colorado has playoff ambitions.
Drew Daniels – Fort Wayne Komets
In a first half filled with call-ups for the Komets, Drew Daniels has been a steadying force on the K’s blueline. Daniels leads the Komets with a +12 rating and has chipped in five points on the power play in his 26 games played.
Mike Monfredo – Quad City Mallards
Known for being a tough guy to play against — likely headed for a third straight season of over 100 PIMs, Monfredo has quietly added an offensive repertoire to his game. In 39 games, he has 24 points, which is good for 10th among defensemen. In addition, Monfredo is fifth among rear-guardsmen with 20 assists, including eight on the power play.
William Wrenn – Alaska Aces
The Aces captain has been one of the bright spots for a team that has had a dismal first half of the season. Wrenn ranks second among defensemen in total points (28) and leads in assists with 26. Ten of Wrenn’s 28 points have come from the man-advantage and shorthanded situations.
Kevin Carr – Tulsa Oilers
It is safe to say the Oilers would not be in contention for a second straight playoff berth if it weren’t for the play of Kevin Carr. He ranks fifth in both goals against average (2.05) and in minutes (1554), plus is tied for the league lead in shutouts with three.
Josh Robinson – Missouri Mavericks
Robinson has to be the early favorite for ECHL MVP. At the half-way point of the season, Robinson’s campaign is very similar to Jeff Jakaitis’ MVP effort last season. Robinson recently set the ECHL record for consecutive wins with 17, leads the league in wins (21), goals against average (1.83), and is third in save percentage (.929).
Richard Matvichuk – Missouri Mavericks
Matvichuk has transformed the Mavericks into the league’s best after a rough season a year ago. His team leads the ECHL in wins, goals scored, and goals allowed. The Mavericks will have several names involved in the ECHL MVP race, and Matvichuk deserves his own honors as well.