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Biggs Decides to Bolt Miami After One Year

CHN Staff Report

Miami forward Tyler Biggs has decided to leave school after one season.

A first-round pick of Toronto in last summer's NHL Draft, Biggs, 19, hopes to either sign a pro deal or play major junior in Oshawa.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Ohio native had 17 points last season for the RedHawks.

“It was a decision that me and my family took our time with,” Biggs told the Dayton Times. "Ultimately, it was the feeling that moving on and having that opportunity at the next level would be that much better for my development.”

It's a refrain that's been heard many times before by players who leave college, though it's never been proven to be true.

Biggs, whose father Don had a long professional career including a stint in the NHL, will attend Toronto's prospects camp in the hopes of getting a deal from the Leafs. If he doesn't, he could still theoretically return to Miami, but is more likely to go to Oshawa.

“I hope to get up to Toronto and maybe get with their skating coach, lift, and do all the on- and off-ice stuff I need to do,” said Biggs to the Times. “A big piece of it is having that confidence in yourself. If I wasn’t confident, I probably would’ve stayed at Miami.”

Biggs said it was a tough decision.

“Miami is a place that I fell in love with early on,” Biggs said to the Times. “It was everything I was hoping for. I’m on good terms with everybody at Miami. We were all on the same page.”

Said his father, Don, to the Toronto Star: “It’s his future, it’s his career. We had a lot of long talks. He had some good talks with his advisers. This is something he wanted to do. He wants to be a pro. He wants to play in Toronto and he felt that playing more games and being closer to Toronto and getting into the pro-style game would give him a better opportunity.”

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