Justin Schultz has been the best defenseman in the country for the past two seasons.
Schultz is a two-time Hobey Baker finalist and a two-time, first-team All-American. The Badger blueliner has also led all defensemen in scoring the past two seasons.
Schultz's track record has proven he is ready for the next step into the NHL. According to TSN analyst Bob McKenzie, Schultz could be the third best NHL free agent this offseason.
Zach Parise and Ryan Suter are considered the top-two free agents available.
However, Schultz has not made his intentions known. Badger fans continue to pray for his return.
If Justin Schultz returns to Wisconsin, the Badgers could be an NCAA tournament team in 2013. Wisconsin will lose just one player from last year's squad, defenseman Eric Springer.
Furthermore, the Badgers finished the 2012 campaign with a 5-3-0 record in their last eight games.
The Badgers were starting to click at the end of last season, and if Justin Schultz returns to Madison, don't be surprised to see Wisconsin make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.