That's true, and "beat down" would have better fit the parameters of the headline, but my brain was stuck on "shorthanded" and "comes up short" was all I could think of at the time.
Thanks for the warm welcome back, guys! I'm looking forward to another great season with you.
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!)
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.
Glad you enjoyed the coverage :)
Yep. Bucks need to win the Big Ten tournament and get the autobid.
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).
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.
Thanks! Big Ten hockey has definitely been an adjustment, though most of the changes have been for the better.
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.
Thank you. That's a fantastic compliment.
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.
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.
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.