Kerdiles ineligible, Dell released, etc.

I’m not going to post the new polls today because there were like three games since the last ones came out.

The big news around the WCHA today is that Wisconsin’s Nic Kerdiles — the Herald’s top-ranked forward recruit in the league — has been ruled ineligible this year by the NCAA. Wisconsin is appealing the ruling.

For more on Kerdiles’ case, read Bucky’s Fifth Quarter and/or the Wisconsin State Journal.

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In a very surprising move, former UND goalie Aaron Dell has been released/been put on waivers in the ECHL.

No word on what Dell’s next step is, but this has got to be part of a trickle down effect of the NHL lockout. Players get bumped down, some get displaced.

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Chay Genoway was asked by the Minnesota Wild to fill out his WCHA preseason poll ballot. Genoway voted UND first and Minnesota last (Denver second-to-last and St. Cloud State third-to-last). Check out this comical poll here.

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No update on Michael Parks yet. Parks went down with a leg injury in the third period of Saturday’s exhibition. Hopeful to get some sort of an update Wednesday.

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Today was the 19th birthday of UND defenseman Jordan Schmaltz. His sister tweeted an old school picture of the blue liner. Looks like he’s been ready for this season for a while (@kmschmaltz6).

9 thoughts on “Kerdiles ineligible, Dell released, etc.

  1. Yikes that Kerdiles thing is a pretty weird situation. As a Sioux fan I find it hard to say that I am feeling bad for Wisconsin fans but its true. I think we know how it feels to have the NCAA sit out one of our guys due to a goofy stipulation (St. Clair). It doesn’t seem like there’s quite enough evidence to follow through on this but I guess we will see. However, what would be worse than anything is that it seems like he would end up bolting for the WHL which would be another blow to college hockey. Even though they are rivals I hope that Kerdiles gets to play as a Badger this year.

  2. Very interesting situation for Dell.. Makes me mad that he didn’t stick around for his Senior year and battle to keep his #1 spot! His choice not to battle in Grand Forks obviously carried over into the ECHL. Still, I wish him the best of luck.

  3. In reference to Wisconsin, If he does end up missing the entire season and wants a college education, could he go to the USHL and come back to college next season? There needs to be a lot more to the story to support an entire season suspension. I wouldn’t fault him for going to major juniors if he has to sit out the entire season and has a legitimate shot at the NHL soon.

  4. Yes, a player can go from college to the USHL and then back to college. It has happened. This assumes that the player is eligible for the USHL.

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