Chalk this one up as a bit of a surprise.
Wisconsin forward Brendan Woods is signing with the Carolina Hurricanes and giving up his final two years of college eligibility. Read the full story here.
Woods had just five goals and 12 points as a sophomore. For his career, he had 10 goals and 22 points.
Woods, the son of Anaheim Ducks assistant coach Bob Woods, is the first Badger to sign early this offseason and the ninth from the Big 10.
NCHC EARLY SIGNINGS
Scott Mayfield, so, D, New York Islanders
Juho Olkinuora, so, G, Winnipeg Jets
Minnesota Duluth (1)
Chris Casto, so, D, Boston Bruins
Nebraska Omaha (1)
Andrej Sustr, jr, D, Tampa Bay Lightning
North Dakota (1)
Derek Forbort, jr, D, Los Angeles Kings
Western Michigan (1)
Danny DeKeyser, jr, D, Detroit Red Wings
BIG TEN EARLY SIGNINGS
Jacob Trouba, fr, D, Winnipeg Jets
Jon Merrill, jr, D, New Jersey Devils
Nate Schmidt, jr, D, Washington Capitals
Zach Budish, jr, F, Nashville Predators
Nick Bjugstad, jr, F, Florida Panthers
Mark Alt, jr, D, Philadelphia Flyers
Erik Haula, jr, F, Minnesota Wild
Ohio State (1)
Chris Crane, jr, F, San Jose Sharks
Brendan Woods, so, F, Carolina Hurricanes