Each week the MN Hockey Hub will recognize one of the hundreds of standout former state high school players who are continuing their careers at the junior, college or professional level.
Fill out the form on this page to help us determine who should be named the Hub's Alumni of the Week. The weekly cutoff for submissions is noon on Sunday.
A complete recap of all of this season's honorees can be found here.
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Zach Budish (Cincinnati/ECHL), F, 6-3, 214, Edina, Minn. (Edina High School)
Budish was an All-Metro pick while leading Edina to a Class AA state runner-up finish as a junior in 2007-08 but missed his senior season due to a knee injury.
Nashville was still impressed enough to draft him in the second round, 41st overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
He went on to a four-year career with the University of Minnesota, where he served as a captain during his senior season before embarking on his professional career.
After finishing the 2012-13 season with the Gophers, he signed with the Predators, who assigned him to their American Hockey League affiliate in Milwaukee.
This season, he has split time between Milwaukee and Cincinnati of the East Coast Hockey League, where he has helped the Cyclones to a 3-2 series lead in their Kelly Cup semifinal versus Greenville.
Budish has played a key role in the series with three goals and two assists in five games last week.
Thursday, he scored a pair of goals in Cincinnati's 5-4 overtime road win and gave the Cyclones a second road win, and the 3-2 series lead, when he scored an unassisted goal in overtime in Sunday's 2-1 win.
Zach Budish has five points in Cincinnati's five Kelly Cup semifinal games, including Sunday's overtime goal which gave the Cyclones a 3-2 series lead.
|DATE||NAME||HIGH SCHOOL||CURRENT TEAM|
|Sept. 23||Jake Zeleznikar||Hermantown||Coulee Region/NAHL|
|Sept. 30||Max Coatta||Minnetonka||Penticton/BCHL|
|Oct. 7||Jimmy Buckingham||Cretin-Derham Hall||Dells Ducks/MnJHL|
|Oct. 14||Grant Besse||Benilde-St. Margaret's||Wisconsin/Big Ten|
|Oct. 21||David Backes||Spring Lake Park||St. Louis/NHL|
|Oct. 28||Travis Morin||Osseo||Texas/AHL|
|Nov. 4||Thomas Delaney||White Bear Lake||MN Magicians/NAHL|
|Nov. 11||Ben Gordon||International Falls||Tulsa/CHL|
|Nov. 18||Nick Widing||Hill-Murray||Augsburg/MIAC|
|Nov. 25||T.J. Oshie||Warroad||St. Louis/NHL|
|Dec. 2||Jake Randolph||Duluth East||Omaha/USHL|
|Dec. 9||Jeff Jakaitis||Rochester Mayo||South Carolina/ECHL|
|Dec. 16||Conor Girard||Edina||Brookings/NAHL|
|Dec. 23||Luke Dietsch||Cretin-Derham Hall||Austin/NAHL|
|Dec. 30||None Selected|
|Jan. 6||Eriah Hayes||LaCrescent||San Jose/NHL|
|Jan. 13||Adam Estoclet||Benilde-St. Margaret's||Milan/Italian A League|
|Jan. 20||Zach Lehrke||Park Rapids||Minnesota State/WCHA|
|Jan. 27||Brandon Jaeger||Champlin Park||UW-Stevens Point/WIAC|
|Feb. 3||Matt Niskanen||Virginia/Mt. Iron-Buhl||Pittsburgh/NHL|
|Feb. 10||Jake Horton||Benilde-St. Margaret's||Aberdeen/NAHL|
|Feb. 17||John Haeg||Holy Angels||St. John's/MIAC|
|Feb. 24||Grant Opperman||Breck||Dartmouth/ECAC|
|Mar. 3||Garrick Perry||Eastview||Alaska/WCHA|
|Mar. 10||Jonny Brodzinski||Blaine||St. Cloud State/NCHC|
|Mar. 17||Gordie Defiel||Stillwater||Coquitlam/BCHL|
|Mar. 24||Connor Gaarder||Edina||North Dakota/NCHC|
|Mar. 31||Zane Gothberg||Thief River Falls||North Dakota/NCHC|
|Apr. 7||Matt Cullen||Moorhead||Nashville/NHL|
|Apr. 14||Justin Holl||Minnetonka||Minnesota/Big Ten|
|Apr. 21||Blake Winiecki||Lakeville North||Waterloo/USHL|
|Apr. 27||Paul Martin||Elk River||Pittsburgh/NHL|
|May 5||Nick Lehr||Roseville||Austin/NAHL|
|May 12||Hans Gorowsky||Centennial||Fairbanks/NAHL|
|May 19||Ryan McDonagh||Cretin-Derham Hall||NY Rangers/NHL|
|May 26||Zach Budish||Edina||Cincinnati/ECHL|