Badgers in the NHL: Seeing stars



Nov. 20, 2013

A total of 16 former Wisconsin men's hockey players have played in the NHL this season. Among the recent highlights:

Ryan McDonagh stars in a fun commercial where he and Marc Staal play defense of another sort, while helping out a different goalie--a teen girl's father:

• Rangers teammate Derek Stepan stars in the second "Rangerstown" commercial:


• Ryan Suter talks about his nearly record-setting pace for time-on-ice for the Wild, as he averages 29:36 minutes per game. 

• Jack Skille has been called up to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Nov. 16th a big day for former Badgers:  Tom Gilbert led the Florida Panthers with three points on three assists en route to gaining first star honors in their win over the Avalanche.  Craig Smith joined him as a first star after putting up a goal and two assists in his Predators' win over the Blackhawks.  Jamie McBain scored his second goal of the year for Buffalo in a losing effort to the Maple Leafs, while his former Badgers teammate, Jake Gardiner, assisted on the first goal of the game for Toronto.  Derek Stepan assisted on the game's only goal in his Rangers' win, topping fellow Badger Rene Bourque and the Montreal Canadiens, 1-0.  Meanwhile, in St Louis, Brian Elliott remained undefeated in part-time duty between the pipes for the Blues, stopping 18 shots in their victory over the Hurricanes.

• Brian Elliott was featured in's "Super Saves" section for this beauty, coming across the crease to stone Alex Ovechkin.

• Davis Drewiske, part of the Canadiens organization will be sidelined until at least March after having shoulder surgery in October.

Brendan Smith returned to action Tuesday night for the Red Wings.  It was his first game action since sustaining a slightly separated shoulder in early November.

Justin Schultz of the Edmonton Oilers also made his return to the ice Tuesday after missing two weeks with a groin pull and celebrated with a goal in Edmonton's rout of Columbus.

• Dany Heatley is off to a slow start, but he's not letting that affect his mindset

• Kyle Turris is starting his second full season with the Ottawa Senators with a bang, leading his team in assists with 14--good for 10th in the NHL--and racking up 18 points in 20 games so far this year.

• Adam Burish is out indefinitely after having back surgery earlier this year.

• Joe Pavelski has put up more points than games played this year, logging eight goals to go with his tied for 10th in the NHL 14 assists to give him 22 points in 21 games.

Joe Pavelski and Derek Stepan have put themselves in position to be centers on the US Olympic team, and Pavelski might yet play his way into the top-line center spot. 

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