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Aubrey Nelson

11W Staff

Centerburg, OH

Member since 07 October 2013 | Blog

Born in the middle of an ice storm and destined to be a hockey fan. My grandma has never forgiven me for chucking my sweet sixteen party in favor of attending the Ohio State-Miami game. I'm excited to be covering the awesomeness that is Buckeye hockey for Eleven Warriors.

Favorites

  • SPORTS MOMENT: The Buckeyes' run to the Frozen Four in 1998. Any game in which Ohio State beats Miami is a good game, but January 8, 2011 was a particularly memorable one with John Albert bringing OSU all the way back from an 0-2 hole. The blowout of Notre Dame in the 2010 CCHA playoffs was pretty fun too.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Linebackers in general and A.J. Hawk in particular
  • NHL TEAM: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

Recent Activity

Comment 27 Mar 2014

Thanks for the kind words, everyone. That you've found my articles worth your time, as well as worth passing along to others, is tremendously flattering. I've gotten a kick out of "talking" to you all here this season. (Though I'm still not good at remembering to check for new comments!)

Comment 25 Mar 2014

Thanks. Yep I'll be rambling about the future Buckeyes at DN. I'm sure there will be some coverage here around Draft time too. In fairness to Jardine I think he only beat out Max McCormick for the PIM lead by a couple minutes. They're definitely two of the Buckeyes' more fiery guys. 

Comment 21 Mar 2014

It's harder to get a scouting read on defensemen than scorers, but I think the BTN guy is right. None of the Buckeyes' committed blueliners are particularly large. Gordie Myer (Cleveland Barons) is the only one currently at the 6' mark. Tyler Nanne (Edina HS) is by all accounts a great skater. I suspect Janik Moser (Muskegon - USHL) isn't too shabby in the skating department, growing up on Germany's Olympic sized rinks. The label I've seen most often applied to John Wiitala (Waterloo - USHL) is "smart", which is not the same as mobile but isn't "a presence", "physical", or any other scouting code word for big. Don't know much about the other defense recruits, Michael Davies (St. Louis AAA Blues), Bradley Johnson (Indiana - USHL).

 

Comment 20 Mar 2014

Yes, the winner of the Big Ten tournament gets an auto-bid, same as in basketball. That's the only shot the Buckeyes have at the NCAA tourney this season. As weak as their non-conference schedule was they needed to make some serious noise in the Big Ten to get an at large bid. Though they played the B1G's top teams tough, they didn't get consistent enough results to make that happen.

The selection committee follows a formula pretty much identical to the PairWise Rankings, which compare teams based on RPI, head-to-head match ups, record vs common opponenets, etc. USCHO explains it more fully here

Comment 19 Mar 2014

I'm pretty sure I'll be here through the NCAA tournament. (And hoping to get a bunch of people to play the bracket with me!) I'll have to check with the boss man. Maybe we'll talk hockey all summer long. 

Comment 18 Mar 2014

Guys that have been drafted consult with their NHL overlords throughout their college careers. They'll generally go pro when they think the NCAA doesn't have anything else to offer development-wise and/or when their drafted team has a place for them in their minor league systems. Ryan Dzingel is an example of a current Buckeye who might have topped out of college development. 

Players who aged out of the draft process without being selected by any NHL team are called "college free agents." Most of them stick around for a good portion of their college careers. If they go pro before their four years are up it's usually because they've had an outstanding season and want to sign while pro teams' interest is high. Hunter Bishop is a recent Buckeye who took advantage of a productive junior season to sign a pro deal.  

I don't think Buckeye fans have to worry about losing any rookies to the big leagues. It's very rare for a player to turn pro after their freshman year. But I wouldn't be surprised to see the scouts eyeing these young Bucks in future seasons.

Comment 14 Mar 2014

Bucks lead 4-1 on goals from Dzingel (2), Oddo, and Schilkey. OSU had a scare in the second when Dzingel was the victim of a major cross check. He left the game but returned to the ice in the third.

Comment 14 Mar 2014

I completely agree about the afternoon games. I don't really like them on the weekends and putting one in the middle of a weekday is even more insane. It's not like the basketball where they have to cram a dozen games into a weekend. That's annoying about the schedule. Especially since know they have to have it worked out already. Anyway, you'll have to drop back in afterward and let us know how the tournament experience was. 

Comment 28 Feb 2014

Yeah Ohio State had a good recruiting thing going in the Pittsburgh area for a long time. Their focus has shifted further west in recent years but given the map stats maybe it'd be a good idea to keep tabs on the Keystone State still. I think the breakdown of NCAA players from a given state says a lot about the NHL's influence on youth hockey development. (And maybe a surprising lack of influence in areas like places like Washington DC, Nashville, and Raleigh.)