Tropp Signs Pro Deal, Forgoes Senior Season
CHN Staff Report
EAST LANSING, Mich. Michigan State has lost its third would-be senior this offseason after forward Corey Tropp signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres yesterday.
Tropp had a comeback season in 2009-10, a year removed from a lengthy team suspension. He won team MVP honors and was named a second-team All-CCHA performer last season, with 20 goals and 42 points in 37 games.
His numbers put him among the national leaders in a number of categories. Overally, in 100 career games with the Spartans, he was 29-41—70.
Tropp was a fifth-round draft pick by the Sabres in the 2007 NHL entry draft. Terms of the contract were not released.
“Obviously, we are going to miss a player of Corey’s caliber in the lineup,” MSU hockey coach Rick Comley said in a release. “This, though, is the reality of college hockey — good players are leaving school after their sophomore and junior seasons. We wish him the best as he pursues his dream to play professional hockey.”
MSU has also lost defenseman Jeff Petry and forward Andrew Rowe to pro contracts, meaning the team has lost three of its top four scorers from a year ago.
Tropp had been suspended by Comley during the 2008-09 season for his part in an on-ice attack of Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer. He returned to Comley's good graces, rejoined the team, and has his best year ever as the Spartans responded to a poor season with a second-place CCHA finish.