Defenseman Ryan Suter, the seventh overall pick in this year's NHL Draft, is expected to attend the University of Wisconsin and play hockey for the Badgers this season. The Madison ESPN Radio affiliate, AM 1070 (WTSO) reported Wednesday morning that Wisconsin coach Mike Eaves was announcing that Suter would forego the NHL this season and skate for the Badgers.
The 6-1, 183-pound defenseman was the first U.S.-born athlete chosen in the 2003 draft when the Nashville Predators selected him. Suter, the son of former UW player and 1980 Gold medalist Bob Suter, tallied eight goals and 19 assists for the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 squad last season. It was rumored that 17-year NHL veteran Gary Suter might come out of retirement to play alongside nephew Ryan on Nashville's blue line. Now, it appears the younger Suter will patrol the Badgers blue line for at least one season.