The Rockets should find out later this week whether they’ll see Nicolas Kerdiles in a Kelowna uniform this season.
Kerdiles and his University of Wisconsin Badgers are appealing the one-year ban of the 18-year-old forward which was handed down by the NCAA earlier this month.
The NCAA, which is expected to hear the appeal sometime this week, alleges Kerdiles violated amateurism rules.
If Kerdiles’ suspension isn’t reduced or overturned, then the talented 6-foot-2, 196-pound forward—a second round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks—could end up playing out the 2012-13 season with the Rockets who hold his WHL rights.
“He’s a very dynamic, top-six forward who would be a great addition if it were to all work out,” said Rockets coach Ryan Huska. “If he’s forced to sit out the season down there and comes to play with us, we’d be thrilled. Now we’ll just have to wait and see.”
The Rockets chose Kerdiles, an Irvine, Calif. product, in the eighth-round of the 2009 WHL bantam draft.