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Justin Schultz Headlines 17 Former Badgers On NHL Rosters

Former Wisconsin defenseman Justin Schultz is one of 17 former Badgers who will start the season in the NHL.

Bruce Bennett

The NHL season FINALLY opened up on Saturday, and 17 former Badgers will be starting the season in the NHL. That group is highlighted by Justin Schultz, who will make his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday vs the Vancouver Canucks.

Schultz is one of just five players who played NCAA hockey last season to make opening night rosters. Other players include Jaden Schwartz from Colorado College (St. Louis Blues), Reilly Smith from Miami (Dallas Stars), Jeremy Welsh from Union (Carolina Hurricanes), and Chris Kreider from Boston College (New York Rangers.)

Last season 22 former Wisconsin Badgers saw time in the NHL, and it's expected that the Badgers will get close to that mark once again this season with injuries and call-ups from the American Hockey League.

Badgers In the NHL

Player
Team
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Rene Bourque
Montreal Canadiens
0



Adam Burish
San Jose Sharks
0



Davis Drewiske
Los Angeles Kings
0



Jake Gardiner
Toronto Maple Leafs
0



Tom Gilbert
Minnesota Wild
0



Dany Heatley
Minnesota Wild
0



Jamie McBain
Carolina Hurricanes
0



Ryan McDonagh
New York Rangers
0



Joe Pavelski
San Jose Sharks
0



Justin Schultz
Edmonton Oilers
0



Jack Skille
Florida Panthers
0



Brendan Smith
Detroit Red Wings
0



Craig Smith
Nashville Predators
0



Derek Stepan
New York Rangers
0



Ryan Suter
Minnesota Wild
0



Kyle Turris
Ottawa Senators
0




Badgers in the NHL (Goalie)

Player
Team
Games
GAA
Save %
SO
Brian Elliott
St. Louis Blues
0