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Badger Recruit Philip Nyberg to Start Year in USHL

An admissions hold-up will keep Philip Nyberg from starting the year with Wisconsin

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Todd Milewski of the Wisconsin State Journal is reporting that Wisconsin defensive commit and recent fifth round draft choice of the Buffalo Sabres Philip Nyberg will miss the start of the season for Wisconsin after not gaining acceptance into the university.

The hold-up for Nyberg, a native of Sweden that grew up playing for the Linkoping organization, is the need to pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL). The TOEFL isn’t required for NCAA eligibility, but is a requirement for foreign students to get into the University of Wisconsin.

Nyberg will instead start the season with the Madison Capitols of the USHL, and if he can gain acceptance into Wisconsin, will join the Badgers in January when the second semester starts.

In the meantime, Wisconsin will start the season with just six regular defensemen and a pair of forwards capable of converting to defense should the need arise.