Zucker Signs With Wild

The University of Denver has lost another standout player to the NHL.

Forward Jason Zucker has signed with the Minnesota Wild, giving up his final two years of college eligibility, blogger Chuck Schwartz has reported.

Zucker had 22 goals and 46 points in 38 games this season. He won WCHA rookie of the year honors a year earlier, scoring 23 goals and adding 22 assists.

Zucker is the second DU player to give up college eligibility to sign an NHL contract in as many days. On Monday, teammate Drew Shore signed with the Florida Panthers.

Early signings in the WCHA

Colorado College (1)
Jaden Schwartz, soph, f, St. Louis Blues

Denver (2)
Drew Shore, jr, f, Florida Panthers
Jason Zucker, so, f, Minnesota Wild

Nebraska-Omaha (1)
Terry Broadhurst, jr, f, Chicago Blackhawks

St. Cloud State (1)
David Eddy, jr, f, Calgary Flames

13 Responses

  1. jt68

    here’s an idea, how about any and all sioux that are going to sign, do it all together right now, so i don’t have to worry all summer, like we did with gregs last year… oh and by the way best of luck to ya’ll that do

  2. SM

    Players who are going to sign early and/or leave the program, should do so out of respect for their teammates and Coaching Staff within a month after the team’s season is over. This would provide the Coaching Staff the ability to more adequately plan and/or make the necessary adjustments to recruiting needs and bring in the freshmen needed for to fill the roster for the following season. This is a courtesy and respect issue, players thinking of leaving and/or signing a professional contract should take heed to what I have stated. If I was a Coach, I would address this with the players. This could be viewed as an unwritten “two week notice” sort of rule, only known as the “one month after the team’s season is over” rule.

    1. What when

      I see the concern you have but what about the players? Brunetau, cichy , finahage , toews had pretty regular playing time one season only to be replaced the next season. The coaches aren’t showing the same respect you’re wanting the players to show. If any of those players or all were still at und would Pattyn seinkbeil or gaarder have played this year. Und needed brunetau cichy toews an fineauge this year but cast them aside the year before. All four of the players I mentioned were draft picks and could have played anywhere but chose und.

      1. Sioux guy

        All of those guys were in and out of the lineup because you have to earn your playing time. This isn’t high school or junior high where everybody gets to play. You see how fanatical people get when you don’t win a National Championship, so I think the coaches are going to play the people they think give them the best chance to win.

  3. Captain Mario fan

    Is Zucker healthy? He looked like a shell of himself on Friday. If he wasn’t hurt, then that may have been one of the poorer efforts of his career.

    1. Zucker is going to make his Wild debute Thursday if he passes his physical. Also, it sounds like Russo was impressed with his skating abilities in practice today.

  4. siouxphanphil

    Sounds like JT Brown and Oleksuk are gone for Duluth… Looks like Zengerle and possibly(hopefully) Nelson are the only all-WCHA forwards that will return next year.

    Any word from Madison on Schultz? I thought Anaheim would have him running their PP already!

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