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Michigan Loses Recruit Bryson Cianfrone to OHL

Cianfrone to sign with local OHL team.

Michigan recruit Bryson Cianfrone, a 5'8" 170 lbs. forward from Ontario, had his OHL rights traded from the North Bay Battalion to the Mississauga Steelheads. The Steelheads' press release quotes Cianfrone as saying he is excited to join their organization, and numerous outlets have reported that Cianfrone will play in Mississauga, thus giving up his NCAA eligibility.

Expectations were high for Cianfrone when he committed to Michigan in May of 2011, but he struggled with a move to the USHL last season, scoring only 21 points in 52 games with the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders. Cianfrone was originally slated to join Michigan this season, but had his commitment pushed back a year to play an extra year of junior hockey.

The timing of Cianfrone's move should give Michigan plenty of time to find a suitable replacement, and given Cianfrone's lack of production in the USHL, it shouldn't be too difficult to find someone that can match or surpass it.