It’s not huge news like a new coach or a new contract but Brandon Burlon is giving up his final year of college at the University of Michigan to turn pro. It is common practice for NHL clubs to pull draft picks out of college after their junior year, but word on the street is that the Devils didn’t initiate this move.
Burlon (6 feet, 188 pounds) likely will start in the American Hockey League but I’ve seen this kid play and I have to say he does have some talent and wouldn’t be surprised to see him make his way to the NHL quickly.
In 38 games this season, Burlon had five goals and 13 assists for 18 points. He lost a serious amount of weight during a bout with esophagitis during the postseason and didn’t play as U-M made it to the national championship game. Burlon has made a full recovery.