Michigan State has lost its third hockey player to the NHL this offseason. A few months ago, Jeff Petry left early to sign with Edmonton and Andrew Rowe signed with the Flyers. Earlier today, Corey Tropp, the Spartans' leading scorer during the 2009-10 season, decided to leave school a year early to sign with the Buffalo Sabres.â†µ
Michigan State junior forward Corey Tropp (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) has opted to forego his final season of collegiate eligibility, signing a three-year entry-level contact with the Buffalo Sabres. Tropp was the Spartans' top scorer a season ago, and is the third underclassman to sign a professional contract this off-season. Terms of his contract were not announced.â†µ
Tropp is probably best remembered by hockey fans for his vicious on-ice attack of Michigan's Steve Kampfer back in 2009. Tropp was suspended for the remainder of the season but returned for the 2009-10 season and quickly became MSU's best player. He was a big part of the Spartans' early turnaround, although MSU faded down the stretch.â†µ
Without Tropp, Rowe and Petry, it's looking like another rebuilding season is on the menu for the Spartans.