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2009 NHL Entry Draft Prospects: Zach Budish

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Zach Budish

Right Wing/Center

Edina High School (Minnesota)

6'3" 229 lbs

Shoots: Right

Hometown: Edina, Minnesota

Date of Birth: 5/9/91


GP G A P
'07-'08 Edina (MN High School) - Zach Budish 30 26 37 63

Zach Budish missed all of his senior season due to a torn ACL suffered during the high school football season. As a junior, Budish finished the year with 63 points in 30 games and looked poised to be named Minnesota's Mr. Hockey his senior year. Zach is committed to playing hockey at the University of Minnesota in the fall.

Pros

- Already has an NHL body

- Can play both center and wing

- Physical

- Good playmaking ability

- Can play in all 3 zones.

- The Bruins already have a few Golden Gophers.

- Lists the Bruins as one of his favorite teams (along with the Minnesota Wild)

Cons

- His skating ability seems to be a concern, but nobody is expecting a kid his size to be lightning quick.

- He missed his entire senior season with a torn ACL, but according to doctors at the NHL combine, he appears to be fully healed.

- Playing high school hockey, he has not played against the same level of competition that other players in the draft have.