Ryan Dzingel Signs with the Ottawa Senators

By Jason Priestas on April 2, 2014 at 12:05p
Ryan Dzingel at Ottawa's development camp in 2012.

Ottawa Senators


Ohio State junior forward Ryan Dzingel agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with the Ottawa Senators and will forgo his final season with the Buckeyes.

The Hobey Baker Award finalist is expected to join the Binghampton Senators, Ottawa's AHL affiliate and is in line for a deal at a base of $925,000 per season.

"I’m proud to say I signed with the Ottawa Senators,” Dzingel said. “It was a very difficult decision leaving my friends and the program I love. I felt like it was the right choice for me moving forward with my career, even though Ohio State is heading in the right direction. Thank you again to my teammates, coaches and fans. I will miss it."

Replacing Dzingel won't be easy. For those of you that aren't hockey fans, it'll be like attempting to replace Carlos Hyde. He led the team in scoring, and ranked seventh nationally in goals with 22. In his three seasons in Columbus, he scored 45 goals and collected 108 points in 110 games. That, and he was clutch.

Ottawa took Dzingel in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and began pressing for a deal after the Illinois native skyrocketed to No. 4 on the team's list of top prospects this year. The Senators held the rights to Dzingel until July 1, 2014, which essentially made Dzingel a free agent had he returned for his senior season with Ohio State.


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rampageripster's picture

This one really stings... but it was a pretty smart decision by Dzingel.  Strike when the iron is hot, and boy is it hot! Who knows what he would have gotten in free agency, but his stock could have plummeted with a lackluster season.

Cause I couldn't go for three

Barnsey69's picture

Yeah you can't blame the kid for taking the money, hell who wouldn't? Maybe this will decision by Dzingel will sway a recruit who is on the fence...come takeover where he left off type of thinking. Gonna definitely hurt their offensive production next season.

Good luck to ya man!

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

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Seattle Linga's picture

Writing was on the wall on this one in my opinion - I hope he does very well and I will be monitoring his success. Wishing him the best.

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Hockey Buck's picture

The money was good, but he would have benefited more by becoming a free agent. Thank you kindly, Der Dzingel!

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NC_Buckeye's picture

We'll be ok as long as none of the other juniors bolt as well. Please stay for one more year: Max McCormick, Nick Oddo, Darik Angeli, & Tanner Fritz.

Also good luck Ryan. You will be missed. Go Puckeyes!

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Crumb's picture

Ryan will be missed (maybe he can come home one day as a Blue Jacket) but the bulk of our teams talent is young and only going to grow.

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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Olemissbuckeye's picture

That definitely hurts but I'm happy for him. Great career at OSU. Best of luck in the NHL!

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Go1Bucks's picture

I am happy for him, but geez, why couldn't it be the Blue Jackets damnit!?

Go Bucks!

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Zimmy07's picture

Good luck to Dzingel.  What a fun name to shout after a made goal.


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MarkC's picture

Good luck to Dzingel with the Sens. Sucks as a fan to see him go, but he definitely earned the contract. Does anyone know what is going on as far as Buckeye Hockey recruiting?