Twelve alums experience playoff hockey in ECHL, AHL
Opted to forego his senior season of collegiate eligibility, signing a professional contract with the Buffalo Sabres on July 6, 2010.
2009-10 (Junior): MSU's most explosive and consistent scorer ... earned MSU Team MVP and Outstanding Offensive Player honors and was named a Second Team All-CCHA performer, notching 42 points (20 goals, 22 assists) in 37 games ... Spent the season ranked among national leaders in goals, as well as power-play markers (9) and game-winning tallies (5). Netted the first goal of MSU's season late in the first period of the season opener against Clarkson (10/9) and added three assists in the series ... Had his first collegiate hat trick in the series opener at Maine (10/16), scoring shorthanded, power play, and even-strength goals in the contest ... Had a goal and an assist in the second game against Maine for a five-point weekend ... Was named the CCHA Player of the Week after the set in Orono ... Had a goal and an assist in a win at Miami (10/24), capping a three-point weekend ... Was held off the board in the first game against Western Michigan (10/30) in his first game this season without a point ... Got back on the scoresheet with the game-winner against the Broncos in Kalamazoo (10/31) ... Scored a goal and added an assist on the game-winner in a shutout victory over Nebraska-Omaha (11/5) ... Had a beautiful unassisted tally in the Michigan game in Ann Arbor (11/13) ... Had a two-point night at Munn Arena against Wisconsin 11/27) with a goal and an assist ... Netted the lone goal in a 1-0 win at Northern Michigan (12/5), and scored a third-period equalizing tally the next night to send the game to overtime (12/6) ... Scored the equalizer as MSU rallied from a 2-0 defecit at Bowling Green (12/11), then assisted on Torey Krug's overtime gamewinner ... Netted his second hat trick of the season in the home game against Bowling Green (12/12) in December, with a hand in each goal in a 4-1 win ... Named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week after the Bowling Green series ... Had three assists in the Lake Superior series at Munn Arena (1/8-9), assisting on Derek Grant's game-winner on Friday ... Assisted on three of MSU's four goals in a 4-4 deadlock with Notre Dame at Munn Ice Arena (1/16), including the primary helper on Derek Grant's game-tying goal late in the third period ... Scored twice, including the game-winner, in a home victory over Michigan (1/29) ... Had Michigan State's only goal in a 1-1 deadlock at Alaska (2/6), the Spartans' 100th goal of the season. He also scored in the shootout to help MSU secure the extra shootout point ... Had an assist on Derek Grant's goal in a 4-1 loss at Ferris State (2/19) ... Posted a pair of assists in a 5-2 home victory over bowling Green (2/26) ... Was a late scratch in the second CCHA quarterfinal game against Michgian (3/13), as he got injured in warmups.
2008-09 (Sophomore): Skated in 21 of 38 games ... Scored three goals and added eight assists, good for the third-highest assist total on the squad ... Registered an assist on Andrew Rowe's goal and was +1 in Michigan State's season opening victory over Massachusetts in the Ice Breaker Invitational in Boston (10/10)...Credited an assist on Matt Schepke's first-period goal in 5-1 loss to Miami (11/14)...Scored third-period goal in 3-1 loss to Miami (11/15)...Had a pair of assists in 4-4 tie at Minnesota in College Hockey Showcase (11/29)...Registered two assists in Michigan State's 2-1 win over North Dakota in the GLI Semifinals (12/28).
2007-08 (Freshman): Appeared in all 42 games in his rookie season ... Tallied his first collegiate point, an assist, in the home opener against Colgate (10/19) on a Nick Sucharski tally ... Had his first collegiate multiple-point outing against Northern Michigan, when he assisted on a Matt Schepke strike then got his first collegiate goal a minute and a half later (10/26) ... Scored a goal in a 6-2 victory over Mercyhurst (11/9) ... Potted a goal on a nice two-on-one break against Miami (11/15) ... Potted the game winning goal against Ferris State in the series finale (12/8), after assisting on Nick Sucharski's goal in game one (12/7), for a two-point weekend ... Tallied the second multi-point game of his career in first contest of Lake Superior State series (1/4-5); had the solo assist on Michael Ratchuk's goal in the first period, then potted MSU's eighth goal of the game late in the third ... Halted a four-game scoreless drought with an assist on Justin Abdelkader's third-period goal in game two (1/19) of the Ohio State series ... Earned his first career three-point game with a goal and two assists in game one of the Nebraska-Omaha weekend (2/1); he scored a power-play tally at 11:02 in the first period after assisting on Justin Abdelaker's goal at 6:13; he then followed up with another assist on Abdelkader's third-period goal ... Finished the regular season with a two-point night in game one of the Bowling Green series (2/29); had the primary assist on Jeff Petry's goal at 1:02 in the first period, and the solo assist on Matt Schepke's second-period goal, recording his fourth multi-point effort of the season.
Prior to MSU: Selected in the third round (89th pick overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft ... Played for two years for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League (USHL) ... Played in 54 games for the 2007 Clark Cup Champions, and was the league's leading playoff scorer (4-9-13) ... Finished the season as Sioux Falls' leading scorer with 26 goals and 36 assists (62 points) ... Ranked 10th among USHL forwards in goals ... Ranked fifth in the USHL overall with 14 power-play tallies ... Tied for eighth in the league with four game-winning goals ... Earned the Ron Woody Award as the USHL All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.
Personal: Born July 25, 1989, in Coral Springs, Fla. ... Son of Linda and Ed Tropp ... Has one brother, Eddie, who attends Western Michigan University ... Favorite NHL Team: Buffalo Sabres ... Lists Pavel Datsyuk as his favorite pro player ... Calls his father his greatest hockey influence, because "he has supported me and made it possible to be where I am now."
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