Michigan's Alex Guptill signs with Dallas Stars

Matt Christians

Another offseason with early departures in Ann Arbor

Michigan junior forward Alex Guptill has forgone his final season of collegiate eligibility to sign with the Dallas Stars, the team that selected him in the third round of the 2010 NHL Draft.

Guptill and his Wolverines teammates saw their season come to an end last Thursday in an upset loss in double overtime against Penn State in the Big Ten Hockey Tournament.

The Newmarket, Ontario native had 12 goals and 13 assists in 31 games played this season. He finishes his career in maize and blue with 44 goals and 50 assists in 110 games.

Guptill ranked 75th on SBN College Hockey's list of Top 100 NHL Prospects in the NCAA this past season:

75. Alex Guptill, Forward, Michigan(Dallas Stars)

Guptill has been enigmatic for the Wolverines. He’s always been a tremendous scoring threat, but his effort and discipline have earned him some healthy scratches and a team suspension to start this season. But the big forward has one of the hardest, quickest shots in college hockey. If he can stay out of his own way, his ability to shoot the puck could make him an excellent NHL player.

Enigmatic is one way to describe Guptill. Frustrating might have been the adjective most Michigan fans would pick. There's no better example of Guptill's play than Michigan's February series against Penn State, where Guptill managed to score a goal on a beautiful shot and pick up an assist, but give a defensive effort so bad in the game that he was a healthy scratch the following evening. There's no doubt the talent is there, but motivation will be a huge question.

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