College Hockey:
Haula, Alt signings bring Minnesota’s early departures list to five

Minnesota’s list of players leaving for the pros after their junior season has reached five after forward Erik Haula and defenseman Mark Alt signed contracts.

Haula signed with the Minnesota Wild and is expected to finish the season with Houston of the AHL. He was a seventh-round pick by the Wild in 2009.

The Philadelphia Flyers signed Alt, who was drafted by Carolina in the second round in 2010 and whose rights went to Philadelphia in a trade earlier this season.

Forwards Nick Bjugstad (Florida) and Zach Budish (Nashville) and defenseman Nate Schmidt (Washington) also gave up their senior seasons to sign pro deals.

Haula averaged more than a point per game for the Gophers, with 124 points in 114 career games. He led the team this season with 51 points and was second with 16 goals.

Alt was plus-19 this season for Minnesota, which led the WCHA in defense. He had seven assists in 39 games.

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  • jmsptrk

    the ncaa is getting hosed by the nhl.

  • KilledbyDeath

    Big Ten Conference chases 2 more away.

    • patrickolson

      NHL team losing draft rights chases 2 more away…

  • sivgopher

    It’s go bad Lucia doesn’t sign with nhl


    I wish these kids couldn’t get drafted out of high School. If it was more like football I think more of them would stay.

  • pevan52

    When you know you are signing a pro contract as soon as your college season ends, your concentration and motivation are not where they should be. A slight rule change so that a college player can’t join a pro team for a playoff run would almost completely cut out these signings and let the player concentrate on the college season and get them to finish at least one more semester of school.


      That is a good idea, but would it stop kids from going to college or make them leave earlier?

  • http://www.facebook.com/adam.dierks.3 Adam Dierks

    How about the pro team refunds the remaining scholarship

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