Kerdiles Signs With Anaheim After 2 Seasons With Badgers
CHN Staff Report
MADISON, Wis. Wisconsin sophomore forward Nic Kerdiles has given up his final two years of eligibility to sign a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL's Anaheim Ducks. Kerdiles was a second-round pick, 36th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Ducks.
A 2014 second-team All-Big Ten selection, Kerdiles will rank among the top scorers in UW history, despite playing just two seasons, with 26 goals, 45 assists and 71 points in 60 games played. He also had seven game-winning goals.
With a 1.18 points-per-game, Kerdiles is second in career scoring average during the Mike Eaves coaching era at Wisconsin, behind only current San Jose Sharks' star Joe Pavelski's 1.20.
Kerdiles was the leading scorer for the 2014 U.S. National Junior Team with seven points in five games, and was the 2013 WCHA Final Five Most Outstanding Player, scoring the game-winning goal in the title game.
An Academic All-Big Ten skater, Kerdiles came to Wisconsin from the U.S. National Team Development Program.
He is the second Badger to leave school early this season, joining junior defenseman Jake McCabe, who signed earlier this week with the Buffalo Sabres and who has already skated in a pair of NHL games.