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Michigan Hockey's Brandon Burlon Signs With New Jersey Devils

Michigan hockey defenseman Brandon Burlon has elected to forgo his final year at the school to sign with the New Jersey Devils. He signed an entry-level contract with the team, as announced earlier this week.

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Burlon played three seasons at Michigan, and his most recent one was cut short due to an illness. He lost a lot of weight because of the illness and a bad reaction to medication, and although he seemed to be ready to go for the Frozen Four, Burlon didn't play.

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Louie Caporusso, one of Burlon's former teammates at Michigan, signed an entry-level deal with the Ottawa Senators earlier in the week. Caporusso was out of eligibility, so he isn't leaving Michigan early.

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At this point Burlon is the only player expected to bolt for the NHL this offseason. Things could obviously change, but a key player like Jon Merrill, whose rights belong to the Devils, is expected to be back.