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Badgers in pro hockey: Where will they play in 2013-14?

46 former Wisconsin hockey players are on rosters of professional hockey teams in 11 different leagues across the world.

Tom Gilbert inked a one year contract with the Florida Panthers Saturday.
Tom Gilbert inked a one year contract with the Florida Panthers Saturday.
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL season starts up this week, and 16 former Badgers are scheduled to open the season on NHL rosters. Those 16 players' salaries add up to over $59 million this season. 13 of those former Wisconsin players will earn at least $1 million.

By quick count, there are 46 former Badgers currently playing professional hockey in 11 different leagues across the world. In addition to the 16 in the NHL, there are 14 Badgers in the American Hockey League, two in the ECHL, one in the SPHL, as well as 13 players playing over in Europe. There are also a few former players that will be signed in the coming weeks.

There was significant player movement over the weekend as NHL teams finalized their rosters. Tom Gilbert finally signed a contract, inking a one year deal that will pay him $900k with the Florida Panthers Saturday. That's on top of the $1 million the Minnesota Wild owe Gilbert after buying out his contract over the summer.

Derek Stepan is also back on the ice after he signed a two year extension with the New York Rangers late last week. Stepan missed a significant portion of training camp while contract negotiations played out, but ultimately made the decision missing games wasn't worth haggling over few extra shekels. Stepan's deal is worth $6.15 million over two years, carrying a cap hit just north of $3M per season.

One noteworthy move happened Sunday, when John Mitchell was traded from the Anaheim Ducks to the Washington Capitals. Mitchell will report to Washington's AHL affiliate in Hershey.

Jake Dowell (Minnesota Wild), Ben Street (Calgary Flames), Joe Piskula (Nashville Predators) along with Jack Skille and Cody Goloubef (Columbus Blue Jackets) were reassigned to the AHL over the weekend.

Badgers in the NHL

Player Pos Team Salary Games G A Pts
Rene Bourque F Montreal Canadiens $4,000,000
Adam Burish F San Jose Sharks $1,850,000
Davis Drewiske D Montreal Canadiens $625,000
Jake Gardiner D Toronto Maple Leafs $875,000 ($65,000 AHL) - $87,500 signing bonus
Tom Gilbert D Florida Panthers $900,000 + $1,000,000 buyout (MN Wild)
Dany Heatley F Minnesota Wild $5,000,000
Jamie McBain D Buffalo Sabres $1,900,000
Ryan McDonagh D New York Rangers $4,000,000
Joe Pavelski F San Jose Sharks $6,000,000
Justin Schultz D Edmonton Oilers $925,000 ($70,000 AHL) - $92,500 signing bonus
Brendan Smith D Detroit Red Wings $1,250,000
Craig Smith F Nashville Predators $2,000,000
Derek Stepan F New York Rangers $2,300,000
Ryan Suter D Minnesota Wild $12,000,000 - $10,000 signing bonus
Kyle Turris F Ottawa Senators $2,500,000

Badgers in the NHL - Goaltender

Player Pos Team Salary Games Record Sv % GAA
Brian Elliott G St. Louis Blues $1,900,000

Badgers in the AHL

Player Pos Team NHL Affiliate Games G A Pts
Jason Clark F Bridgeport Sound Tigers New York Islanders
Michael Davies F Chicago Wolves
Sean Dolan F Charlotte Checkers
Jake Dowell F Iowa Wild Minnesota Wild
Matt Ford F Oklahoma City Barrons Edmonton Oilers **
Cody Goloubef D Springfield Falcons Columbus Blue Jackets
Andrew Joudrey F Springfield Falcons Columbus Blue Jackets **
John Mitchell F Hershey Bears Washington Capitals
Joe Piskula D Milwaukee Admirals Nashville Predators
John Ramage D Abbotsford Heat Calgary Flames
Jack Skille F Springfield Falcons Columbus Blue Jackets
Ben Street F Abbotsford Heat Calgary Flames
Brad Winchester F Chicago Wolves Chicago Blackhawks
Brendan Woods F Charlotte Checkers Carolina Hurricanes

** Not on NHL 50 man roster

Badgers in the ECHL

Player Pos Team Games G A Pts
Ryan Little F Florida Everblades
Eric Springer D Ontario Reign

Badgers in the SPHL

Player Pos Team Games G A Pts
Podge Turnbull F Pensacola Ice Flyers

Badgers in Europe

Player Pos Team League Games G A Pts
Andy Bohmbach F SC Riessersee DEL 2 (Germany)
Robbie Earl F Rapperswil NLA (Switzerland)
Brian Fahey D EC Salzburg Austria
Mark Heatley F Bietgheim Steelers DEL 2 (Germany)
Kyle Klubertanz D Medvescak Zagreb KHL (Croatia)
Alex Leavitt F Oskarshamn Allsvenskan (Sweden)
Derek Lee F Tonsberg Vikings Norway
Jeff Likens D Grizzly Adams Wolfsburg DEL (Germany)
Ryan MacMurchy F Biel NLA (Switzerland)
Jordy Murray F Lugano NLA (Switzerland)
Steven Reinprecht F Nurnberg Ice Tigers DEL (Germany)
Andy Wozniewski
D EHC Munchen DEL (Germany)

Badgers in Europe - Goaltender

Player Pos Team League Games Record Sv % GAA
Bernd Bruckler G EC Salzburg Austria