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Badgers defenseman Peter Tischke (6) got a free agent invitation to the Pittsburgh Penguins' development camp.

The list of players connected to the University of Wisconsin men's hockey team who are taking part in NHL development camps this offseason has grown to at least a dozen.

Forwards Sean Dhooghe (Columbus), Tarek Baker (Vegas) and Ryan Wagner (Vegas) are joining defenseman Peter Tischke (Pittsburgh) as undrafted players receiving free agent invitations to camps. Wagner completed his eligibility last season; Tischke will be a senior in the fall while Baker and Dhooghe will be sophomores.

Eight other Badgers players who have been drafted are due to take part in the camps, which largely are taking place this week or next:

• Sophomore left wing Linus Weissbach with Buffalo.

• Sophomore defenseman Tyler Inamoto with Florida.

• Junior left wing Max Zimmer with Carolina.

• Freshman defenseman K'Andre Miller with the New York Rangers.

• Sophomore defenseman Wyatt Kalynuk with Philadelphia.

• Freshman defenseman Ty Emberson with Arizona.

• Freshman left wing Jack Gorniak with Montreal.

• Freshman left wing Sampo Ranta with Colorado.

Six NHL teams haven't yet unveiled the list of players for their camps, which don't impact a player's NCAA eligibility as long as the player pays his own way. Chicago, which owns Badgers sophomore defenseman Josh Ess' draft rights, is among them.

Former UW players also are on camp rosters. Defenseman JD Greenway, who left the Badgers this offseason to play junior hockey, is in Toronto's camp.

Forward Adam Rockwood, who joined Northern Michigan after being cut by the Badgers following his sophomore season in 2016, has been invited to compete with Vancouver.

Peltonen signs

Defenseman Jesper Peltonen signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Badgers for the 2018-19 season.

Peltonen, 20, who committed along with his twin brother Aleksi, a forward, in January 2017, is the 10th member of the Badgers' incoming freshman class.

Peltonen, Miller and Emberson join six defensemen from last year's roster who have eligibility remaining.

From Helsinki, Peltonen had five goals and seven assists and was plus-20 in 60 games, including playoffs, for the United States Hockey League's Omaha Lancers last season.

His father, Ville, had a long professional career that included 382 NHL games and a stop with the minor-league Milwaukee Admirals in 2000-01. He's due to coach Lausanne in the Swiss league next season.

Shootouts eliminated by rules committee

The desire to have one overtime system in college hockey won out in NCAA rules committee meetings earlier this month, and the shootout lost.

That leaves the leagues that are home for the Badgers men's and women's hockey teams preparing for changes.

The standard overtime format approved by the NCAA Men's and Women's Ice Hockey Rules Committee for regular-season games is five minutes of 5-on-5 play with no option for a shootout to award extra points in league standings.

The move has been criticized by leaders of the National Collegiate Hockey Association and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The NCHC and WCHA men's leagues have used a 3-on-3 overtime session and shootout to break ties after the five minutes of NCAA-mandated 5-on-5 overtime play.

In the women's WCHA and the Big Ten Conference men's league, both homes of the Badgers, a shootout has followed if a game is still tied after five minutes of overtime.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel has the final say at its July 25 meeting. If the changes are approved, the Big Ten, WCHA and NCHC will have to alter their standings systems, which have awarded three points for a regulation or 5-on-5 overtime win, two points for a 3-on-3 or shootout win and one point for a 3-on-3 or shootout loss.

Other changes proposed by the rules committee include:

• Increasing the number of skaters per team by one, to 19.

• Allowing officials to consult video in decisions involving player ejections.

• Giving teams a timeout to use in overtime, regardless of whether they had used theirs in regulation.

World Junior hopefuls

Three Badgers players will audition for spots on the U.S. roster for the World Junior Championship.

Dhooghe, Ess and Miller have been invited by USA Hockey to the World Junior Summer Showcase. The camp, scheduled for July 28-Aug. 4 in Kamloops, British Columbia, helps the U.S., Canada, Finland and Sweden get a gauge on their talent pools for the under-20 event in December and January.

Ranta, who won gold with Finland at the Under-18 World Championship in April, could be selected for Finland's summer showcase group.


Todd D. Milewski covers Wisconsin Badgers men's hockey and the UW Athletic Department for the Wisconsin State Journal.