Andrew Joudrey Gets NHL Call

It took 321 games in the American Hockey League over parts of six seasons for former Badger Andrew Joudrey to finally receive the call he had been waiting for.

That call came over the weekend, and Joudrey was more than happy to pick up the phone.

According to multiple media reports, the former Wisconsin captain has been recalled by the Columbus Blue Jackets and will report to the team immediately as they return from the NHL All-Star Break.

It's possible that Joudrey could make his NHL debut on Tuesday night in San Jose as the Blue Jackets take on the Sharks.

The game would be a reunion of sorts for Joudrey. The Sharks feature Joe Pavelski, a former teammate of Joudrey's at Wisconsin when the pair helped the Badgers win the 2006 NCAA National Championship.

If Joudrey does in fact make his NHL debut during his call-up, he will be the 10th player off that championship roster to play in the league.

Joudrey, a former 8th round NHL draft pick of the Washington Capitals spent the first 4+ seasons of his pro career playing for the Hershey Bears in the AHL. Joudrey recorded a career high 34 points for the Bears during the '09-10 season.

This past summer as an unrestricted free agent, Joudrey signed a two year, two way contract with Columbus that would net him a pro-rated portion of $575,000 this season and $600,000 next year. Joudrey's AHL salaries over this year and next are $115,000 and $125,000.

Through 42 games this season for the Springfield Falcons, who are Columbus' top farm club, Joudrey has recorded seven goals and 8 assists. his 15 points this season already eclipsed last seasons total.

Badgers in the NHL Stats
Player
Team
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Rene Bourque
Montreal Canadiens
43
15
4
19
Adam Burish
Dallas Stars
32
4
8
12
Jake Dowell
Dallas Stars
35
1
2
3
Davis Drewiske
Los Angeles Kings
7
2
0
2
Jake Gardiner
Toronto Maple Leafs
42
1
13
14
Blake Geoffrion **
Nashville Predators
22
0
3
3
Tom Gilbert (Injured)
Edmonton Oilers
38
3
12
15
Dany Heatley
Minnesota Wild
49
15
19
34
Andrew Joudrey
Columbus Blue Jackets
0
0
0
0
Jamie McBain
Carolina Hurricanes
45
4
14
18
Ryan McDonagh
New York Rangers
47
4
15
19
Joe Pavelski
San Jose Sharks
47
17
17
34
Joe Piskula **
Calgary Flames
5
0
0
0
Jack Skille
Florida Panthers
33
2
4
6
Brendan Smith **
Detroit Red Wings
3
0
2
2
Craig Smith
Nashville Predators
48
11
18
29
Derek Stepan
New York Rangers
47
10
21
31
Ryan Suter
Nashville Predators
47
5
23
28
Kyle Turris
Ottawa Senators
25
4
9
13
Brad Winchester
San Jose Sharks
47
6
3
9
"He's going to be out through Christmas at the minimum,'' Dineen said. "He's a big loss for us. He had

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"He's going to be out through Christmas at the minimum,'' Dineen said. "He's a big loss for us. He had

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/flapanthers/2011/12/jack-skille-injures-shoulder-out-indefinitely-flapanthers-welcome-greg-rallo-30-year-old-to-make-deb.html#storylink=cpy
"He's going to be out through Christmas at the minimum,'' Dineen said. "He's a big loss for us. He had

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/flapanthers/2011/12/jack-skille-injures-shoulder-out-indefinitely-flapanthers-welcome-greg-rallo-30-year-old-to-make-deb.html#storylink=cpy
"He's going to be out through Christmas at the minimum,'' Dineen said. "He's a big loss for us. He had

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/flapanthers/2011/12/jack-skille-injures-shoulder-out-indefinitely-flapanthers-welcome-greg-rallo-30-year-old-to-make-deb.html#storylink=cpy
"He's going to be out through Christmas at the minimum,'' Dineen said. "He's a big loss for us. He had

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/flapanthers/2011/12/jack-skille-injures-shoulder-out-indefinitely-flapanthers-welcome-greg-rallo-30-year-old-to-make-deb.html#storylink=cpy

Badgers in the NHL Stats (Goalie)
Player
Team
Games
GAA
Save %
SO
Brian Elliott
St. Louis Blues
23 (15-5-2)
1.69
.938
5

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