September 14, 2017

#ProBucks Update: NHL Training Camps Open

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Sept. 14, 2017

NHL Training Camps are opening this week with former Ohio State players on rosters throughout the league. Catch up on the Buckeye alums below. 

Anaheim Ducks
Ryan Kesler (2003)
• Drafted by Vancouver in first round of 2003 Draft (No. 23 overall)
• Currently out with injury
• Has skated in 897 NHL games with Vancouver and Anaheim combined; 245 goals, 306 assists and 551 points
• Played in 82 games with Anaheim last year and had 22-36-58 line
• Selke Trophy winner in 2011 as best defensive forward; Five-time finalist for the award
• Selected to NHL All-Star game in 2011 and 2017
• Began pro career with AHL Manitoba in 2003-04 and skated in 28 games with the NHL Vancouver Canucks that season
• Played for Team USA in 2010 and 2014 Olympics
• Played one season with the Buckeyes and had 31 points (11g, 20a) in 40 games in 2003
• 2001 Honorable Mention CCHA All-Rookie Team

Arizona Coyotes
Tyson Strachan (2004-07)
• Selected by Carolina in fifth round of 2003 Draft
• Has seen action in 186 NHL games with St. Louis, Florida, Washington, Buffalo and Minnesota combined; 19 assists and 20 points in NHL career
• Spent last season with AHL Rochester and had 1-11-12 line in 61 games
• Made pro debut with AHL Albany in 2007 following end of Buckeyes’ season
• NHL debut came with St. Louis Blues in 2008-09
• Four-year career with the Buckeyes and saw action in 119 games, with 35 points on 13 goals and 22 assists

Dallas Stars
RJ Umberger (2001-03)
• Drafted by Vancouver in first round of 2001 draft (No. 16 overall)
• In Stars’ camp on a PTO
• Has skated in 779 NHL games with Philadelphia and Columbus; 180 goals, 212 assists and 392 points in NHL
• Last skated in NHL with Philadelphia in 2015-16 and played in 39 games, with 2-9-11 line, that year
• Four-time 20-goal scorer with the Blue Jackets
• Made pro debut with AHL Philadelphia Phantoms in 2004-05 and NHL debut with Philadelphia Flyers the next season
• Skated in 112 games in three-year career at Ohio State, with 129 points on 58 goals and 71 assists
• 2003 Second Team All-American and First Team All-CCHA, also a Hobey Baker Award finalist and the 2001 CCHA Rookie of the Year
• Team captain in 2003
• Two-time Academic All-Big Ten

Calgary Flames
Matt Bartkowski (2009-10)
• Drafted by Florida in seventh round of 2008 Draft
• 235 career NHL games with Boston, Vancouver and Calgary combined
• Skated in 24 games with Calgary in 2016-17, with a goal and an assist, along with four playoff game appearances
• Also skated 34 games with AHL Providence last season and had 10 points (2g, 8a)
• Made pro debut in 2010-11 with AHL Providence and skated in six games with the Boston Bruins that season; Black Ace with Boston during team’s run to 2011 Stanley Cup championship
• Played in 80 games over two years with the Scarlet and Gray and had 11 goals, 27 assists and 38 points
• 2010 Honorable Mention All-CCHA and 2009 CCHA All-Rookie Team
• Academic All-Big Ten and two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Josh Healey (2014-17)
• Made professional debut in the spring, skating in two games with AHL Stockton Heat
• Posted 25 points, including 21 assists, as a senior in 2017 and was +17, blocking 2.06 shots a game
Played in 133 games during four years as a Buckeye, 60 points on 12 goals and 48 assists
• Two-time All-Big Ten, with first team nod in 2016 and second team selection in 2017
• Team captain as a senior
• Three-time Academic All-Big Ten

Rod Pelley (2003-06)
• In camp on a PTO
• 256 career NHL games with New Jersey and Anaheim combined, posting 9-20-29 line
• Spent 2016-17 with AHL Albany Devils, picking up 13 points with six goals and seven assists
• Made pro debut in 2006-07 with AHL Lowell Devils and NHL debut with New Jersey Devils that season
• Played four years in the Scarlet and Gray and had 88 points in 165 games played (second all-time in school history), notching 47 goals and 41 assists
• Second Team All-CCHA in 2005
• CCHA All-Tournament Team selection after helping squad to 2004 league title
• Two-time team captain

Carolina Hurricanes
Nick Schilkey (2014-17)
• Led NCAA with 16 power play goals in 2016-17 and ranked third nationally with B1G-best 27 goals
• Skated in 141 games in four-year Ohio State career, with 130 points on 69 goals and 61 assists
• Two-time Second Team All-Big Ten and a Big Ten All-Freshman Team choice
• Buckeye team captain as a junior and senior
• Two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, three-time Academic All-Big Ten

Chicago Blackhawks
Matt Tomkins (2014-17)
• Drafted by Chicago in seventh Round of 2012 Draft
• Saw action in 22 games in 2016-17 and had 12-5-3 mark, with 2.48 goals-against average and .909 save percentage
• Four-year letterwinner and played in 67 games for the Buckeyes, with 3.03 goals-against average and three shutouts
• Three-time B1G Distinguished Scholar and Academic All-Big Ten selection

Columbus Blue Jackets
Zac Dalpe (2009-10)
• Drafted by Carolina in second round of 2008 Draft
• Has skated in 128 career NHL games with Carolina, Vancouver, Buffalo and Minnesota combined, scoring 12 goals and adding 12 assists for 24 points
• Played in nine games with NHL Wild in 2016-17 and also spent time with AHL Iowa Wild (12gp, 2g) and AHL Cleveland Monsters (20gp, 8g, 7a, 15p)
• Made professional debut with AHL Albany in 2009-10 after conclusion of Buckeyes’ season and NHL debut with Carolina in 2010-11, skating in 15 games with the Hurricanes that year
• Played in 76 games over two years with the Buckeyes and had 70 points, with 34 goals and 36 assists
• 2010 Second Team All-American and First Team All-CCHA, as well as Big Ten Sportsmanship Award selection
• 2009 CCHA All-Rookie Team
• Captain in 2010

Detroit Red Wings
Corey Elkins (2006-08)
• Played last five seasons with HIFK Helsinki
• Had 4-19-23 line in 41 games in 2016-17
• Made pro debut in 2009-10 with AHL Manchester and NHL debut with Los Angeles that season
• Has played three NHL games (with Los Angeles) and scored a goal
• Skated in 102 games for the Buckeyes and had 60 points, with 27 goals and 33 assists
• Three-time Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State’s CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Florida Panthers
Anthony Greco (2013-16)
• Played 74 games with AHL Springfield in 2016-17, with 31 points on 16 goals and 15 assists
• Pro debut was in a playoff game with AHL Bridgeport in 2016 after conclusion of Buckeyes’ season
• Played in 125 games as a Buckeye and had 72 points, with 37 goals and 35 assists
• 2015 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten
• Buckeye captain as a senior
• Academic All-Big Ten honoree

New York Islanders
Tanner Fritz (2012-15)
• Played 63 games with AHL Bridgeport in 2016-17, scoring 42 points with 19 goals and 23 assists
• Began pro career in 2015-16, skating in 43 games with ECHL Missouri and 19 games with AHL Bridgeport
• Played in 142 games for the Scarlet and Gray and had 110 points, on 36 goals and 74 assists
• Second team All-CCHA in 2013
• Two-time captain for the Buckeyes
• Big Ten Sportsmanship Award recipient twice
• Three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection

Ottawa Senators
Ryan Dzingel (2012-14)
• Drafted by Ottawa in seventh Round of 2011 Draft
• Played in 81 games for Ottawa in 2016-17, with 14-18-32 line; Saw action in 15 playoff games, scored twice, including in Game 7
• 111 career NHL games, with 41 points, including 17 goals and 24 assists
• 2014 First Team All-American, First Team All-Big Ten and Hobey Baker Award finalist
• 110 games as a Buckeye, with 45 goals, 63 assists and 108 points
• Captain for the Buckeyes
• Two-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete

Max McCormick (2012-14)
• Drafted by Ottawa in sixth Round of 2011 Draft
• Skated in seven games with the Senators in 2016-17; Spent majority of year with AHL Binghamton and had 36 points, with 21 goals and 15 assists, in 66 games
• Made NHL debut with the Senators in 2015-16, playing in 20 goals and scoring two goals and four points
• Skated in 104 games during three-year Buckeye career, with 36 goals and 52 assists for 88 points
• CCHA All-Rookie team selection in 2012
• Two-time Academic All-Big Ten and three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete; Ohio State’s CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Toronto Maple Leafs
Cal Heeter (2009-12)
• Made pro debut in 2012-13 with AHL Adirondack
• Skated in first NHL game with Philadelphia in Spring 2014
• Played with AHL Grand Rapids (12gp) and ECHL Toledo (17 gp) in 2016-17
• Ninth in program history with 39 career wins, ranking fourth with 2.58 goals-against average
and.915 save percentage; sixth in school history in minutes played (5260:59)
• Big Ten Sportsmanship Award winner
• Three-time Academic All-Big Ten

Sam Jardine (2013-15)
• Drafted by Chicago in sixth round of 2011 Draft
• Made professional debut with ECHL Indy in 2015-16 and also played with AHL Rockford that season
• In 2016-17, played in 27 games with AHL San Antonio and had three goals, two assists and five points; also skated in 36 game with ECHL Colorado with 4-11-15 line
• Played in 97 games during three-year Buckeye career, with 32 points on three goals and 29 assists
• Team captain for the Buckeyes as a junior
• Two-time Academic All-Big Ten

Washington Capitals
John Albert (2008-11)
• Drafted by Atlanta in sixth round of 2007 Draft
• Made pro debut with AHL St. John’s IceCaps in 2011-12 and NHL debut was in 2013-14 with Winnipeg, scoring in first NHL game
• Skated with Karpat in Finland last season, with 12 goals, 12 assists and 24 points in 42 games
• Saw action in 159 games over four years in the Scarlet and Gray, with 124 points on 33 goals and 91 assists
• Honorable Mention All-CCHA in 2009 and won Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2008
• Team captain in 2011
• Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete