Nick Bjugstad, Drafted 19th Overall by the Florida Panthers, 2010 NHL Entry Draft
|Nick Bjugstad During the Hockey City Classic|
started out on a hot streak, including a hat-trick against St. Cloud State. He finished with a team high 25 goals, and third in points with 42 in 40 games. He was named Second-Team All-American after the season, and First-Team All-WCHA. After helping his team to a Frozen Four appearance in 2012, many thought Bjugstad would jump to the NHL, but he returned for his junior season. Bjugstad's point total dropped slightly in 2012-2013, but he still had an impressive 21 goals and 15 assists in 40 games, finishing third in scoring once again behind Erik Haula and Kyle Rau, and being named Third-Team All-WCHA. Bjugstad signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Panthers ($900,000/season max for rookie contracts).
Zach Budish, Drafted 41th Overall in the 2nd Round by the Nashville Predators, 2009 NHL Entry Draft
Budish was a great high school player at Edina High School, and would have been a favorite for Mr. Hockey in 2009 had he not suffered a leg injury in the fall of 2008 while playing football. He missed his
|Gopher Captain Zach Budish has signed with Nashville|
Nate Schmidt, Undrafted Free Agent, Washington Capitals
|Defenseman Nate Schmidt|
the year, finishing with 38 to go along with three goals for 41 points in 43 games. He was named Second-Team All-WCHA. His junior season his point total dropped a bit but his goal production went up as he quarterbacked the power play unit. He ended with 9 goals and 23 assists for 32 points in 40 games.He was then named First-Team All-WCHA, and an All-American candidate. Schmidt attended the Washington Capitals training camp last summer, and signed a two-year entry-level contract with them.