This summer, nine members of the Ohio State men’s hockey program, along with a recent alum, have participated in NHL development camps around the league.
Three NHL draft picks on the Buckeye roster took part in their team camp – juniors Tanner Laczynski (Philadelphia) and Carson Meyer (Columbus) and freshman Ryan O’Connell (Toronto).
Six Buckeyes took part in camp as free agent invitees – seniors Sasha Larocque (Anaheim), Sean Romeo (Columbus) and Mason Jobst (Minnesota), junior Wyatt Ege (Vegas) and freshmen Gustaf Westlund (Florida) and Quinn Preston (Winnipeg).
Josh Healey, a Buckeye defenseman from 2014-17 that signed with the Flames as a free agent after his collegiate career, took part in Calgary’s camp after completing his first pro season when he skated in 50 games with AHL Stockton.
Drafted Buckeyes senior Dakota Joshua (Toronto) and redshirt junior Miguel Fidler (Florida) have participated in their team’s camp in the past but did not this summer.
Quinn Preston, on attending camp with Winnipeg:
“Getting the chance to attend Jets development camp was an amazing experience. It was fun getting to know all the great players and staff while there. I learned a lot of important things about what it takes to become a pro. Along with things on the ice I look forward to applying to my game this season, receiving coaching from an NHL staff was really helpful in showing the importance of little details in our development. I really enjoyed getting to experience the city of Winnipeg and was honored to be a part of something put on by such a great organization.”
Ryan O’Connell, on camp with Toronto:
“I was fortunate to attend my second Toronto Maple Leaf development camp this past June. The camp taught me things I use in my game today such as pivoting, acceleration with the puck and tips on defensive play. The interaction with the other players at the camp was amazing and there was always something to do with the group each evening. The highlight of the camp was meeting Hailey Wickenheiser, who was the captain of Team Canada’s women hockey team.”