Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 3/27/12
SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- One of the Minnesota Wild's top recent draft choices, Jason Zucker, is ready to make the jump straight from college hockey to the NHL. Zucker, 20, signed an entry-level contract on Tuesday and will join the Wild on Wednesday, just four days after his Denver University team lost in the first-round of the NCAA tournament. Zucker had 22 goals and 24 assists in 38 games as a sophomore for the Pioneers. His 22 goals ranked second in the WCHA and 13th in the NCAA. He also was the Team USA captain at the 2012 World Junior Championship and had 23 goals and 22 assists in 40 games during his WCHA Freshman of the Year season at Denver. Zucker, selected in the second round (No. 59 overall) of the 2010 NHL draft, is one of two U.S. players to win three gold medals in one calendar year. He won gold at the 2009 and 2010 World Under-18 Championships as well as the 2010 World Junior Championship. "After two successful seasons at the University of Denver, Jason, his representation, and Wild management have agreed that it was the right time for Jason to turn pro," assistant general manager Brent Flahr said in a statement. "He has achieved great personal success in a short period of time at both the collegiate and national team levels. We are very excited to have Jason under contract and look forward to seeing his development within the Wild organization."
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