Zach Budish, W

Shoots: R

Height: 6-3

Weight: 214

Born: 1991-05-09

Hometown: Edina, MN

Drafted: 2009 by Nashville, 41st overall









May 2013 - The captain of the Gophers, Budish had a stellar year for Minnesota posting 14 goals and 36 points in 40 games. This was his second consecutive season of close to point-per-game production following a 12 goal, 35 point sophomore season. Upon completion of his junior season Budish signed a two-year entry level contract with the  Predators. With Nashville struggling offensively this year Budish will have a legitimate opportunity to make the Predators out of camp and if given the opportunity, could have an immediate fantasy impact. Regardless of his NHL arrival date, Budish now must prove himself in the professional ranks. Power forwards such as Budish often take longer to reach their potential however he still holds first line upside and it doesn't appear as though his development has plateaued. - Donesh Mazloum


February, 2012 – Budish’s development last year after missing all but seven games due to a serious knee injury.  He also missed his entire senior season in high school with a torn ACL in the other knee, so durability is a question.  When healthy, Budish is a prototypical power forward, with a solid build and soft hands. - Rich Dillon



Fantasy Outlook: B-


His ceiling is still a first-line power forward, but he is a high risk player who could just as easily become a depth forward or career minor leaguer. Keep a close eye on him in the pro ranks.





Zach Budish scoring a nice goal:





Fantasy Prospects Report Notes (Any FPR's released in the last 18 months will not be listed here):


2009 Fantasy Prospects Report:

Scouting Report: Join a D1 football school, play for four years and maybe get an entry-level deal worth tens of millions. Or join a D1 hockey school, play for four years and get an entry-level worth maybe $3M. Well, at least no one can accuse Zach Budish of being in it for the money. Coveted by several elite pigskin programs for his power and strength at linebacker, Budish instead opted for a shot at pro hockey... but not before football could ruin his draft year. Budish tore his ACL in a game against Stillwater High School on October 10th, ending both his hockey and football seasons. Budish has plenty of things going for him - size, obviously, but also the ability to take over a game with his combination of soft hands, immovable mass and great vision.

Notable Numbers: While his season was ended before it could begin, we can get a good snapshot what could have been. Budish put up almost 2 PPG in the Minnesota High School Elite League, an early fall league meant to warm up high school athletes for their short seasons. In 2007-08, Budish scored 63 points in 30 games with Edina.

Potential: Second-line power forward, 20-35-55, 100+ PIM

Years Away: 3+


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Zach Budish statistics courtesy of Elite Prospects


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