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Miami Loses Biggs

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. — Miami forward Tyler Biggs has decided to leave school and sign an entry-level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Biggs, an Ohio native, was selected in the first round, 22nd overall, by Toronto in the 2011 NHL Draft. He will report to Oshawa of the OHL.

Biggs was set to be a sophomore this season. In one year with the Red Hawks, Biggs had nine goals and 17 points. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound power forward was expected to be a key cog this season for Miami.

Biggs made the decision while attending the U.S. World Junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., this past week.

Biggs said the decision to go to major junior and leave college was not personal to Miami.

"I think if you're going to get to the NHL, you're going to get there regardless of the route you take," Biggs said. "College hockey gives you an education and the time someone might need. With all the options there and what you need to work on, it's not to say one way or another is better. Some guys might want that education."

Biggs and fellow Team USA member Connor Murphy were both big-time recruits last year for Miami, but Murphy skipped out to major junior before ever getting to Oxford. Biggs decided to still come to Miami, and lasted one year.

"I got a chance to work on different parts of my game," Biggs said. "College hockey and the OHL is different.

"It was a decision I spent a lot of time on. I though it over with my family, my advisor (Wade Arnott). I had great year under my belt with Miami, great teammates, great coaches, and I thought it was a good choice to try to move on and take it to the next level."

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