A second Minnesota player in as many days has turned pro early.
Gopher captain Zach Budish has signed a two-year deal with the Nashville Predators, giving up his final year of eligibility.
While Budish is a junior, he has spent four years at Minnesota already. He was injured in a moped accident earlier in his career and received a medical redshirt.
Budish had 14 goals and 36 points for the Gophers last season.
Big 10 early signings
Nate Schmidt, jr, D, Washington Capitals
Zach Budish, jr, F, Nashville Predators
NCHC early signings
Nebraska Omaha (1)
Andrej Sustr, jr, D, Tampa Bay Lightning
Minnesota Duluth (1)
Chris Casto, so, D, Minnesota Duluth
Western Michigan (1)
Danny DeKeyser, jr, D, Detroit Red Wings