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10-17-2013, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by 701 View Post
Looks like Wisconsin considers LaBate to be a "serious flight risk" to the NHL once this season is over:

"In addition to those players, the Badgers may also need to find replacements for NHL draft picks Nic Kerdiles (Anaheim Ducks) and Joseph LaBate (Vancouver Canucks), who are both serious flight risks to sign NHL contracts after the 2013-14 campaign."

When drafted, LaBate made it very clear that his goal was the NHL, and he said in a video interview that it would take him "two, maybe three years." Looks like three and free. He'll likely be in Utica or the Zoo next season, and could in theory turn pro late this season once the Badgers are finished.

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