MINNEAPOLIS Two are former Minnesota Mr. Hockey winners, the third might have been able to take home the same trophy if it weren't for an injury.
All three players were selected in the top three rounds of the NHL draft and were among the top high school recruits in the country their senior seasons.
Each of them could have ended up in various parts of the country, but Zach Budish, Nick Bjugstad and Kyle Rau ended up together with the Minnesota Gophers men's hockey team. When Minnesota started practicing this season, coach Don Lucia decided the trio best fit on the same line.
Now that they are together, the Budish, Bjugstad and Rau aren't thinking about being split up at least not yet.
"We just want to focus on this, what we have at hand," said Rau, the freshman left wing. "If things go well here, other things will play out for us."
Together, the three have formed one of the top lines in all of college hockey and helped the Gophers return to prominence as the No. 2 ranked tea...