Tuesday, March 15, 2011

WCHA Departures Continue

As expected the hits keep coming for the WCHA. As already acknowledged on this site, Jake Gardiner (Wisconsin), and Aaron Ness (Minnesota) have both decided to leave school after their junior seasons. St. Cloud State is the latest victim.

Oliver Lauridsen (pictured), a defenseman for the Huskies has signed a pro contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Junior defenseman was a seventh round selection by the Flyers in the 2009 NHL Draft. According to multiple media outlets, the junior defenseman is expected to join the Flyers AHL club in Adirondack immediately and could play as soon as Wednesday.

The 6'6 Lauridsen has made major strides for the Huskies in his three seasons. As a top pairing defenseman for the SCSU this season Lauridsen was second on the club in plus minus checking in at +7 for the season and +9 for his career.

The Huskies return 5 defensemen off this seasons roster including thee key players in Nick Jensen, Kevin Gravel, and Taylor Johnson. Next season the Huskies are expected to bring in Andrew Proncho (Sioux Falls, USHL), Timothy Daly (Langley, BCHL), Ethan Prow (Des Moines, USHL), and Markus Lauridsen (Green Bay, USHL) who is also Olivers younger brother.

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