The majority of college hockey players stay all four years. However, most of the ones with serious pro potential do leave school early. For an NHL-drafted prospect like Laczynski, an early jump to the pro leagues would come from a mutual agreement between him and the NHL club that holds his signing rights (In Tanner's case, that's Philadelphia.) A guy like Mason Jobst, who was passed up in the draft, but draws big league interest with an impressive collegiate resume, is a free agent and can sign with any team. Stellar drafted players sometimes leave after just one or two years. A free agent usually doesn't get an offer until after his junior or senior season.
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It's going to depend on whether Laczynski, Joshua, and Jobst return or sign pro deals. If two or more of them come back, another successful season is likely. If not, it's probably going to be a tough year.
The only major piece OSU is set to lose to graduation is Matt Weis. That's a significant loss as he was a point-per-game player and a key cog in the top line's regular season success but, as we saw in the tournament, the Bucks can win without him.
The outlook for next season is going to depend on whether Laczynski, Joshua, and Jobst opt to return or accept a pro deal. I expect all three will be offered one. Without at least two of those guys coming back I think it's going to be difficult for OSU to make a third straight NCAA tourney.
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There hasn't been an official statement that I know of, but I'm pretty sure he's done for the year.
I've seen it half a dozen times and every one of those performances has been perfect. You'd never know they weren't just marching on the floor.
Don't worry about it. I'm not, though I do appreciate the shout out. Great stuff from Rohlik. It should be an exciting Frozen Four next week.
Weirdly, this is actually the best possible location for the Bucks. The other regional sites are Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Worcester, Massachusetts, and Bridgeport, Connecticut.