2009-10: Judd Peterson opened some eyes playing for Team Minnesota at the Beantown Classic in August and skated in 23 games as a sophomore at Duluth Marshall High School. He scored 15 goals with 14 assists and had 24 penalty minutes. Marshall finished fifth in the Lake Superior Conference and reached the Section 7A Finals – falling to Virginia/Mountain Iron-Buhl in overtime.
2010-11: Peterson played for Team North in the Upper Midwest Elite League prior to the high school season and was Duluth Marshall’s leading scorer as a junior. In 24 games with Team North he scored 8 goals with 3 assists and had 22 penalty minutes. In 25 games for Marshall he scored 24 goals with 19 assists and was plus-21 with 40 penalty minutes. Once again, Marshall fell to V/MI-B in the Section 7A playoffs.
2011-12: Peterson was the fourth-leading scorer in Minnesota high school hockey during the regular season and led Duluth Marshall to the state tournament. He also competed for Team North in the Upper Midwest Elite League during the fall. In 16 Elite League game he had a pedestrian 4 goals with 2 assists. In 30 games for Duluth Marshall he scored 47 goals with 36 assists and was plus-29 with 32 penalty minutes. Marshall captured the Section 7A championship and advanced to the state tournament after finishing second behind Section 5A champ Hermantown in the Lake Superior Conference. Peterson committed to playing college hockey at St. Cloud State in 2013-14. He was drafted by Cedar Rapids in the second round (16th overall) of the USHL Entry Draft and will play for the RoughRiders in 2012-13. Peterson, though not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, was selected by Buffalo in the seventh round (204th overall).
2012-13: Peterson played in 46 games for Cedar Rapids in his first USHL season. A healthy scratch at times early in the year, he showed steady progress with the RoughRiders; scoring 11 goals with 15 assists and finishing the year -9 with 38 penalty minutes. Cedar Rapids missed the playoffs after finishing sixth in the Eastern Conference.
2013-14: Peterson returned to Cedar Rapids for a second season — pushing back his college career one year. The RoughRiders’ fourth-leading scorer despite missing 13 games, he scored 16 goals with 15 assists and was -3 with 43 penalty minutes in 47 regular season games. Cedar Rapids finished second in the Eastern Conference, falling to Dubuque in a first-round playoff series. Peterson had no points nor penalties and was -2 in two playoff games; missing the final two games of the series with an ankle injury.
2014-15: Peterson skated for St. Cloud State as a freshman, seeing steady ice time in a third line role. The Huskies finished sixth in the National Collegiate Hockey Conference in the regular season — receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after a 3-2 loss to Miami in the NCHC championship game.
Peterson was a highly-touted sniper during his high school days in Minnesota but will more likely be a two-way forward at the pro level. He is a natural center but has played wing in the USHL and in his first season at St. Cloud State. He is still a very raw prospect but has the size and skating ability that suggest he can have success as his game matures.
Peterson is wrapping up his freshman season at St. Cloud State, where he played primarily a lower line role in 2014-15. With the Huskies' top five scoring forwards all eligible to return next season, he may have to continue to bide his time before seeing an increased role. Long-term Peterson projects to being a big-bodied forward capable of scoring consistently at the pro level. He will likely use all of his college eligibility and spend time at the minor pro level working towards reaching that potential.