Wisconsin suffered heartbreak at the hands of long-time rival North Dakota this past weekend, and that means it’s time for UW players to make some big-time decisions. Up first in that area is senior forward Michael Mersch, who signed a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings according to a release from UW Athletics.
Mersch was a 2011 fourth round draft pick of the Kings and is expected to report to Manchester (NH) of the AHL upon signing the contract.
“Michael will bring his big body and his ability to use that to the professional level,” said UW head coach Mike Eaves. “He is a big man. He scores goals in the hard areas using that big body, and he has been really diligent in becoming a better skater. He is a much better skater now than he was as a freshman and he’ll have to continue to work on that because he is going to the next level. He has a work ethic and the character to get that done.”
He left the Badgers as the leading goal scorer in the Mike Eaves era, with 67 goals in 157 games. Mersch finished with 120 total points, putting him 49th in the all-time annuals of Badger hockey history.
His Wisconsin career was capped off by a selection to the first-team All-Big Ten list this season, thanks to a Big Ten-best 22 goals (12 in B1G play) and had 35 total points in 37 games of action in 2013-14.
Mersch is far from the last Badger who is eligible to sign a pro contract, so keep it locked here as announcements are made.