Budish, Crowder to debut tonight

Photo courtesy of Westerncollegehockeyblog.com
Photo courtesy of Westerncollegehockeyblog.com

The Predators signed Zach Budish to a two-year entry level tryout contract Wednesday. He’ll make his Admirals debut along with Paul Crowder tonight against Rockford.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers captain was drafted by Nashville with the 41st overall pick in 2009.

Budish played in 129 games at Minnestota recording 94 points, scoring 35 goals. He helped the Gophers to two consecutive MacNaughton Cups as Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) regular-season champions along with two NCAA tournament berths including a run to the Frozen Four in 2011-12.

After he gained captaincy in 2012-13, Budish’s Gophers led the WCHA in scoring offense, scoring defense, power play and penalty kill while the program ranked in the top ten nationally in all four categories.

As we said in an earlier post, Crowder’s also coming off a successful 2011-12, as the 28-year old Victoria, BC native scored 23 goals and recorded 27 assists in 53 games played for the Wheeling Nailers.

Roundtable, what do you think of these signings, and which one do you see having the bigger impact both immediately and down the stretch?

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