North American Skater
United States
NicolasKerdiles
POSITION: Left Wing
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
SHOOTS: Left
WEIGHT: 201
LAST CLUB TEAM: USA U-18, USHL
BIRTHDATE: 11 January 1994
MID RANK: 27
HOMETOWN: Irvine, CA
FINAL RANK: 29
BORN IN: Lewisville, TX, USA
• Kerdiles has committed to playing at the University of Wisconsin in the fall.

• In 2011-12, he led the U.S. National Under-18 squad with 42 points (20-22--42) in 50 games. His seven power-play goals also paced the team, while he ranked second with four game-winners.

• He finished the 2010-11 season in a three-way tie for second on U.S. Under-17 team with 20 points (12-8--20) in 32 games.

• Kerdiles won gold at both the 2011 and 2012 Under-18 World Junior Championship. He played with teammates, and fellow 2012 NHL Draft prospects, Jacob Trouba and Brady Skjei at the 2012 tournament. Kerdiles recorded five points (2-3--5) in the gold-medal game against Sweden.

• He also played for Team USA at the 2011 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, where he scored the overtime winner in the semifinals. He finished the tournament with four points (two goals, two assists) in five games.

• Kerdiles started playing roller hockey when he was six, but moved to ice hockey at age eight – “I got started with hockey through my next-door neighbor, who was playing roller hockey at the time [and] would invite me over to play every day.”


FAVORITES


NHL player: Mike Modano, Evgeni Malkin
NHL team: Dallas Stars
Shootout move: Fake shot, backhand, forehand, top shelf
Goal celebration: Grab the ice, throw up your arms
Video game: Mario Kart
Movie: The Hangover
TV show: Deadliest Catch
Actor: Adam Sandler
Cartoon character: Spongebob Squarepants
Website: Facebook
Pump-up song: “The Catalyst (Techno Version)” – Linkin Park
Restaurant: Outback Steakhouse
Sport (other than hockey): Football
Breakfast food: Crepes
Place to visit: France (where most of his family lives)