September 13, 2019

Buckeyes Head to NHL Training Camps


As training camps open around the NHL, Buckeyes are on rosters throughout the league.

On Long Island, Tanner Fritz, Mason Jobst and Nick Schilkey are all with the Islanders. Fritz (2012-15) played eight NHL games with the Islanders in 2018-19 and had an outstanding year with Bridgeport in the AHL (57 games played, 12g, 25a, 37p). Jobst (2016-19) signed a two-year, two-way entry level contract with the NYI after concluding his Buckeye career in the spring as the Big Ten’s all-time leading scorer and a two-time All-American. Schilkey (2014-17) signed with Bridgeport after winning the Calder Cup with the Charlotte Checkers in 2019. He had 15 goals, 22 assists and 37 points in 64 regular season games with Charlotte, adding a goal and seven assists in the playoffs.

Ryan Dzingel and Max McCormick, who played for the Buckeyes from 2012-14, are both in training camp in Carolina. The duo both started last season with Ottawa, but were traded during the year, with Dzingel moving to Columbus and McCormick to Colorado. Both free agents, they signed with the Hurricanes over the summer. In 2018-19, Dzingel skated in 78 total NHL games, with a 26-30-56 line. McCormick played in 14 NHL games a season ago and had a 9-11-30 line in 45 AHL contests.

Zac Dalpe (2009-10) returns to the Columbus Blue Jackets training camp after re-signing with the team during last season. Last season he played in 55 games with the AHL Cleveland Monsters, setting the team’s goal-scoring record with 33, adding 22 assists for 55 points. He also played in one NHL game during the year with the CBJ.

Anthony Greco (2013-16) re-signed with the Florida Panthers over the summer and is at the team’s training camp. He made his NHL debut a season ago and was an AHL All-Star with Springfield, where he won the league’s faster skater competition. He had 59 points, with 30 goals and 29 assists, in 75 AHL games last year.

Matt Bartkowski (2009-10) is at training camp with the Minnesota Wild. Now in his second year with the organization, he skated in two NHL games last year and had a 4-15-19 line in 70 games with the Iowa Wild.

Matt Weis (2015-18) signed with the Hershey Bears over the summer and is at Washington Capitals training camp. During his first professional season last year, Weis had a 3-8-11 line in 60 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves, who reached the AHL Calder Cup Final.

Dakota Joshua (2016-19) is with the Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues. A draft pick of Toronto, the Maple Leafs traded his rights to St. Louis this summer and he signed a two-year, two-way entry level contract with the Blues. Joshua had 100 points, with 41 goals, in his four years with the Buckeyes.

Sasha Larocque (2016-19), who signed with AHL Colorado after wrapping up his Buckeye career in the spring, is at training camp with the Colorado Avalanche. The 2019 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, he was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree.

Goalie Sean Romeo (2016-19) earned an invite to Detroit Red Wings NHL camp after an outstanding performance with the Red Wings team at the NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City (as an invitee). Romeo, who signed with ECHL Cincinnati this summer, was a 2018 All-Big Ten honoree and the 2018 NCAA Midwest Regional MVP.

Matt Tomkins (2014-17), a goalie who is signed with AHL Rockford, is in camp with the Blackhawks. A draft pick of Chicago, Tomkins played in 54 games with ECHL Indy last season, with a 3.04 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.

Josh Healey (2014-17), a defenseman who signed with AHL Milwaukee this summer, is in camp with Nashville. He spent the last two years with AHL Stockton and had a 1-10-11 line in 55 regular season games last year.

Ryan Kesler (2003), who reached 1,000 NHL games played last season, is a member of the Anaheim Ducks. He will miss the entire 2019-20 season because of injury, the team confirmed.