The rich keep getting richer.
Grant Salzano of BC Interupption has reported that 2018 Patty Kazmaier award winner Daryl Watts, who entered the transfer portal in May, will transfer to Wisconsin and play for the defending champion women’s hockey team.
Former B5Q writer and hockey knower Nicole Haase endorsed Salzano’s source and reported that rising junior Watts will be immediately eligible to contribute in the 2019-2020 season.
It's not official - but the source is legit. She does not have to sit out. The sit out rule applies when transferring to another school within the same conference.— Nicole Haase (@NicoleHaase) June 11, 2019
In the 2017-18 season, Watts became the first freshman to win the Patty Kazmaier Award and scored 42 goals and 40 assists. Last season, Watts scored 22 goals and 26 assists.
While the transfer is not official, Watts would fill a serious hole left behind Annie Pankowski, who scored 28 goals last season, and Emily Clark, who scored 14.
It will be interesting to see how Watts fits with the Badgers. Head Coach Mark Johnson had a lot of success with the Abby Roque, Sophie Shirley, Britta Curl line last season, and I doubt he will break that line up. I could see Watts pairing with Caitlin Schneider and Presley Norby, which will give Wisconsin two explosive lines.
We will update this post as more news breaks.