Paul LaDue to Return for Junior Season

Paul LaDue to Return for Junior Season

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Paul LaDue to Return for Junior Season

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Today, UND got more good news. The pieces are starting to fall into place for next season. There’s one player left to announced his intentions. UND waits on Jordan Schmaltz, who is the last player to announce his intentions. According to multiple news stories, Schmaltz is expected to sign an entry-level deal with the St. Louis Blues.

John Hoven, Mayors Manor — Originally selected by the team in the sixth round (181st overall) at the 2012 NHL Draft, LaDue has steadily climbed up the organization’s depth chart. Ranked No. 9 on the most recent edition of theKings Top 10 Prospects list, the 22-year-old blueliner faced a tough decision following UND’s loss in the NCAA’s Frozen Four semifinals last month. Although only a second year player, the Kings thought highly enough of him to send Asst. General Manager Rob Blake to North Dakota to meet with LaDue, his parents, and the UND coaching staff – an experience Blake spoke with MayorsManor about here.

In the end, the draw to return to school was just too much for the 6-foot-2 defender to overcome. After all, he grew up in Grand Forks and playing at North Dakota was his dream since first lacing up the skates as a toddler. Now, he’ll return for what is expected to be one final season, before turning pro next summer.

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