The University of Michigan announced Friday that the program has received a National Letter of Intent from defenseman Brandon Burlon for the 2008-09 season.
Burlon, a Nobleton, Ont., native who turned 18 March 5, becomes the fourth member and the second defenseman of U-M's recruiting efforts for the incoming class of 2008.
Burlon (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) is heading to Michigan after two strong seasons with the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League's St. Michael's Buzzers, the same team that produced current Wolverine forward Louie Caporusso and U-M alumnus Andrew Cogliano (2005-07).
An alternate captain for the Buzzers in 2007-08, Burlon helped the squad post program records for most wins (43), points (88) and fewest losses (4) en route to the OPJHL regular-season crown. Burlon earned a 7-17--24 line, along with 41 penalty minutes, in 32 regular-season games. In the playoffs, he had two goals and eight assists with 10 PIM in 12 games before the Buzzers were knocked out in the second round.
In the fall of 2007, Burlon represented Team Canada at the World Junior 'A' Challenge in British Columbia. He earned a silver medal with the Canada East squad, tallying two assists in five games. Burlon was rated the 41st-best North American skater in the NHL Central Scouting Service's final (April) rankings for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
In 2006-07, Burlon posted 4-19--23 totals and had 46 PIM in 45 games. He had two assists and six penalty minutes in 13 playoff games.