Friday, June 5, 2015

MSU gets graduate transfer from Miami (updated)

Minnesota State lost nearly 630 games of experience to graduation in its forward group after last season. It will attempt to fill some of that hole with a veteran college player.

Jimmy Mullin, who played three seasons at Miami, is transferring to Minnesota State for his final year of college hockey, he confirmed on Friday. He will be eligible to play immediately because of the NCAA's graduate transfer rule. Mullin is enrolled as a graduate student at MSU, having completed his bachelor's degree at Miami this spring.

Mullin, a fourth-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Lightning, did not play last season due to complications from an injury suffered partway through is junior season with the Redhawks.

Before the injury, he accumulated 18 goals and 47 points in 94 games. His most productive year was his freshman season, 2011-12, when he had 11 goals and 26 points.

The Cincinnati, Ohio, native played prep hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault before playing one season of junior hockey with the USHL's Fargo Force.

Mullin played in the 2013 NCAA tournament game against Minnesota State in Toledo, Ohio, a game Miami won 4-0. Mullin was injured in the first period after a knee-to-knee hit by defenseman Evan Mosey and did not return to the game. Mosey received a five-minute major and game misconduct for the hit.

For more on Mullin, including some quotes from him, read The Free Press story here.

On Tuesday, I focused my Free Press column on Mullin and MSU taking advantage of the heavily scrutinized graduate transfer rule.

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