The Nashville Predators have kicked off NHL Trade Deadline Day with a signing, not a trade.
Renaud Lavoie of RDS is reporting that the Preds have signed 2009 second round pick Zach Budish.
Budish, 21, just finished his red shirt junior season at the University of Minnesota and decided to leave school early to turn pro.
Can you blame him? He has an unfortunate injury history that is undeniable and, if his dream is to play in the NHL, the sooner he turns pro, the better. In 2008-09, he missed his entire senior season after suffering a torn ACL while playing for his high school’s football team. Then, in 2010-11, he was involved in a moped accident that shelved him for the majority of his sophomore season with the Golden Gophers.
The Edina, Minnesota, native is a mountain of a man. At 6’3″, 215 pounds, Budish is projected as a power forward in the pro game and will get his feet wet right away as he’s expected to join the Milwaukee Admirals for their stretch run.
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