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Michigan Thin on D

Michigan started this season with first round draft NHL draft pick Chris Summers playing forward rather than defense. That luxury was short-lived, however.

Brandon Burlon, a second round NHL draft pick last summer, missed last weekend's games with a twisted ankle and will miss at least next weekend's important series with Northern Michigan.

Mark Mitera, as mentioned earlier, will miss most of the season with a knee injury. Mitera has the option between just rehab, and possibly playing with a knee brace this year, or getting surgery, which will take longer to recover from. Given the high probability of a future NHL career, I think he'll get surgery.

And finally, defenseman Steve Kampfer was injured in an off-ice incident late Saturday that will keep him out for a considerable amount of time. There are crazy rumours abound about what happened, but the one constant seems to be that he got into a fight with somebody and got his skull cracked.