Sept. 26, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seniors Josh Healey and Nick Schilkey and sophomore Mason Jobst of the Ohio State men’s hockey team were selected to the 13-player Big Ten Preseason Players to Watch list, the conference announced Monday. The watch list was voted on by the six B1G coaches.
Ohio State was picked second in the preseason coaches’ poll. Minnesota took the top spot, with Michigan third, Penn State fourth, Wisconsin fifth and Michigan State sixth.
The Buckeyes were second among the six league teams with three players named to the preseason players to watch list, behind Minnesota’s four selections. Schilkey is on the list for the third consecutive season, while Healey and Jobst have both been recognized for the first time.
Schilkey, a native of Marysville, Mich., was a Second Team All-B1G selection in 2016. He was fifth in scoring among Big Ten players in 2015-16, posting a career-high 19 goals, 22 assists and 41 points, just the third 40+ point season for a Buckeye since 2006. Schilkey, who was a four-time Big Ten Star of the Week as a junior, has played in 106 games for the Scarlet and Gray, with 42 goals, 47 assists and 89 points, and was a Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection in 2014. He is a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
Healey, from Edmonton, Alberta, was a 2016 First Team All-B1G choice, the first Buckeye blueliner to earn first team all-conference accolades since 1981. He had 21 points in 2015-16, tying for fourth among Big Ten defensemen in scoring, with five goals and 16 assists, all career highs. Healey has skated in 98 games for the Buckeyes and has 35 points, with eight goals and 27 assists, along with 169 blocked shots. He is a three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
Speedway, Ind., native Jobst was a Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection as a forward. He was fourth in scoring on the Buckeye squad, notching 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points. Jobst, who won a team-high 323 faceoffs, was tied for third in points and points per game among Big Ten rookies and ranked 12th in the NCAA in rookie points per game. An Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, he scored the overtime gamewinner vs. Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals and had a point in 16 of the last 22 games.
Ohio State returns all but three letterwinners from last year’s team that was undefeated in eight of its last nine games and finished the season eighth in the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 3.56 goals a game.
An exhibition game at 4 p.m. Sunday vs. Wilfrid Laurier in Value City Arena kicks off the Buckeye campaign.
The Buckeyes open the regular season Oct. 7-8 in Denver at the Ice Breaker Tournament, facing Denver and then either Boston College and Air Force. After road games at Miami Oct. 15 and Bowling Green Oct. 21, the home regular season opener is vs. the Falcons Oct. 22.