April 9, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- NHL Central Scouting released its top North American draft prospects and the list features three current or future Badgers.
Incoming skater Nicolas Kerdiles (Irvine, Calif.) topped the list for Wisconsin at 29th overall, followed by freshman forward Jake McCabe (Eau Calire, Wis.) at 47th and incoming forward Morgan Zulinick (Kamloops, B.C.) at 126th.
Kerdiles currently skates with the U.S. National Development Team Program in Ann Arbor, Mich. Kerdiles led his team to a gold medal at the Under-18 Four Nations Tournament in Switzerland last November, where he posted five goals.
Kerdiles split his time during the 2010-11 season between the U.S. Under-17 and Under-18 teams. In 40 games with the U-17 squad, the left-handed shot ranked third on the team with 17 goals, fourth with 27 points and led the team with four power-play tallies. He posted three goals and 10 points in 20 games with the Under-18 team. Before joining the U.S. National Team Development Program, Kerdiles scored 121 points, including 65 goals, in 68 games for the L.A. Selects midget program.
McCabe was second among all freshmen this season with the Badgers, scoring three goals and notching 12 points overall. McCabe, who skated in 26 games for Wisconsin this season, collected both game-winning goals in the team’s series sweep against RIT.
Zulinick, a 5-11 and 185-pound forward, will join the Badgers from the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the British Columbia Hockey League. In 57 games this season, Zulinick led the Silverbacks with 24 goals and 66 points. In 38 games during the 2010-11 season, the left-handed shot scored 12 goals and finished with 29 points playing for Salmon Arm.
Freshman Brendan Woods (Fairfax, Va.) and sophomore Frankie Simonelli (Bensenville, Ill.) are also draft elgible.
Four Badgers were selected in last year’s draft, including Joseph LaBate (101st), Michael Mersch (110th), Patrick Daly (189th) and Brad Navin (197th).