Center Potulny to skip senior season

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota center Ryan Potulny has decided to skip his senior season, after signing a contract with the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers.

The Grand Forks, N.D., native led the Gophers with a career-high and national-best 63 points -- 38 goals and 25 assists. He had at least one point in 30 of 41 games for Minnesota, which was upset by Holy Cross in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last weekend.

"With the year that Ryan had, I can fully understand that he feels ready for the next level," Gophers coach Don Lucia said. "He has elevated his play in each year that he has been at the University of Minnesota."

Potulny was selected by the Flyers with 87th overall pick in the third round of the 2003 draft.