Ryan Wagner became the first member of the University of Wisconsin men's hockey 2018 senior class to sign a pro contract when he joined the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves.
The professional tryout contract announced Thursday means Wagner, who led the Badgers in scoring this season, could make his pro debut Friday when the Wolves play at Milwaukee.
Wagner, who was undrafted, played in all 143 games during his collegiate career, with 36 goals and 88 points.
The 21-year-old left-handed winger set career highs for goals (15) and points (33) as a senior.
Later Thursday, senior forward Matt Ustaski signed with the ECHL's Jacksonville Icemen, an affiliate of the NHL's Winnipeg Jets, who picked him in the 2014 draft.
Ustaski scored 13 goals in 100 collegiate games but just one in 24 as a senior.
Other Badgers seniors could be signing pro contracts before the end of the season or over the offseason. Forward Cameron Hughes also was an NHL draft pick, by Boston in 2015.
Defensemen Jake Linhart and Tim Davison and goaltender Kyle Hayton also could sign as free agents.
The Badgers also are keeping an eye on the potential for signings taking away from next season's roster.
There has been no decision from Trent Frederic on whether he'll return to UW for his junior season or sign with the Boston Bruins, according to his dad, Bob.
The center, who led UW with 17 goals, was a first-round pick in the 2016 NHL draft.
Free agent defenseman Peter Tischke has been hearing from pro teams, but he's believed to be leaning toward a return to the Badgers for his senior season.