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Ryan Dzingel signs ELC, will not return for his senior year

William's picture
April 2, 2014 at 11:10am

Dzingel signed his Entry Level Contract with the Ottawa Senators, and is therefore ineligible to play college hockey. He'll probably play 1-2 years in the AHL before making the jump to the NHL. I don't necessarily agree with this move, but Dzingel did have a stellar year, but he would have benefitted from an extra year of college hockey, especially to work on his defensive game which he has vastly improved, as well as to make a push for the NCAA tournament. I doubt Ottawa plays him in any games late in the season, even if they're out of the playoffs, as that would burn a year off of his contract, so he's probably headed to Binghamton, Ottawa's AHL affiliate. Best of luck to Ryan, this is a huge loss for Ohio State hockey. 


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Johnny-Shane_Utah-Falco's picture

Thanks for the update, William.

While this sucks, because I thought Dzingel's return could've helped put OSU over the hump next season, there is an upside. The silver lining is --- if we start hearing his name come up in the NHL as a regular in a few years --- that is always great publicity for OSU and its hockey program.

+1 HS
Floyd Stahl's picture

This is indeed sad and a big loss for the Puck Bucks.

Thanks, Ryan, for the incredible season this year!

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Seattle Linga's picture

We lost a real weapon but we have a young and exciting team

Good luck young man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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4cornersbuck's picture

How does the incoming class look for next season? Any immediate help?