July 1, 2018

Introducing the Buckeye Newcomers


COLUMBUS, Ohio – This fall, the Ohio State men’s hockey program will welcome eight new Buckeyes, head coach Steve Rohlik announced Tuesday. Joining the squad will be forwards Matt Jennings (Buford, Ga./Green Bay USHL), Carson Meyer (Powell, Ohio/Miami NCHC/Tri-City USHL), Collin Peters (Sheboygen, Wis./Lincoln USHL/Northern Michigan WCHA), Quinn Preston (Trenton, Mich./Dubuque USHL), Kamil Sadlocha (Carpentersville, Ill./Madison USHL), AJ Vanderbeck, Monument, Colo./Wenatchee BCHL) and Gustaf Westlund (Stockholm, Sweden/Lincoln USHL) and defenseman Ryan O’Connell (Manotick, Ontario/Penticton BCHL).

“We are excited to add these new Buckeyes to our program,” Rohlik, the 2018 Big Ten Coach of the Year, said. “They will fit into the culture we have established in our lockerroom. We can’t wait to hit the ice this fall.”

The newcomers will join 21 returnees from the 2017-18 Buckeye squad that reached the NCAA Frozen Four, finished second in the Big Ten and notched a 26-10-5 record. The Buckeyes were in the Top 10 in the NCAA in scoring offense, defense, power play and penalty killing.

Matt Jennings
Buford, Georgia
Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
Forward, 5-8, 171

• Played for Green Bay in the USHL the last two seasons
• Posted 9-4-13 line in 27 games in 2017-18 as an alternate captain
• Notched 11 goals, 14 assists and 25 points in 60 games with the Gamblers in 2016-17
• Started NAHL career with the Topeka Roadrunners in 2014-15, playing in four games; began next season with the Roadrunners, posting 25 points (8g, 17a) in 30 games before ending the season with the Minot Minotauros; had 7-8-15 line through final 14 regular season games and then saw action in four playoff contests
• 2016 NAHL All-Central Division Rookie Team selection
• Came up through Thunder program

Carson Meyer
Powell, Ohio Miami (NCHC)/Tri-City Storm (USHL)
Forward, 5-11, 180

• Selected by the Blue Jackets in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (6th round, No. 179) and is participating in the team’s development camp this month
• Spent last two seasons at Miami in the NCHC and had 36 points in 66 games; 10-16-26 line in 2016-17 and 6-4-10 totals in 2017-18
• Played with Tri-City in the USHL in 2015-16 and had 51 points, on 32 goals and 19 assists, in 56 regular season games; Saw action in two games with the Storm in 2014-15
• Had 11 points in 11 playoff games to help the Storm win the 2015 Clark Cup
• Competed for Team USA at 2015 World Junior A Challenge and participated in the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
• Member of the Ohio Blue Jackets AAA program and squad won a playoff title his last year

Collin Peters 
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Lincoln Stars (USHL)/Northern Michigan (WCHA)
Forward, 6-0, 165

• Spent last year and a half with Lincoln in the USHL; had 8-9-17 line in 48 games in 2017-18 as an alternate captain and notched 11 points (6g, 5a) in 27 regular season games in 2016-17
• Started 2016-17 with Northern Michigan in the WCHA, with five points in 23 games
• Represented Team USA at 2015 World Junior A Challenge, winning bronze, and was selected for the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game that season
• Won the 2015 USHL Clark Cup with Sioux Falls
• First played in the USHL in 2013-14, skating in two games with Muskegon, and then played in 28 games with Sioux Falls in 2014-15, notching 11 points (6g, 5a)
• Began 2015-16 with Sioux Falls, picking up 19 points, including 10 goals, in 35 games before moving to Lincoln and recording 13 points in 19 regular season games
• Played for Sheboygan High School, Team Wisconsin and Milwaukee Jr. Admirals

Ryan O’Connell
Manotick, Ontario
Penticton Vees (BCHL)
Defenseman, 6-1, 185

• Drafted by Toronto in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (seventh round, No. 203) and is participating in the team’s development camp this summer
• Skated with Penticton in the BCHL in 2017-18; Limited to 26 games because of injury and posted 14 points on three goals and 11 assists
• Member of Canada West at 2017 World Junior A Challenge
• Spent two seasons with St. Andrew’s College, winning back-to-back CISAA titles; Had 76 points (11g, 65a) in 123 CAHS/CISAA games combined
• Played in Ottawa Junior 67s program

Quinn Preston 
Trenton, Michigan
Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)
Forward, 5-11, 179

• Participating in Winnipeg Jets development camp this summer as a free agent invitee
• Spent last two years with Dubuque in the USHL; notched 55 points, on 24 goals and 31 assists, in 2017-18 as an alternate captain and had a 14-21-35 line in 2016-17
• Selected Team MVP by his teammates in 2018
• 2018 USHL Third All-Star Team selection
• Played in the NAHL in 2015-16 with the Topeka Roadrunners, posting a 17-17-34 line in 59 regular season games and picking up six points (3g, 3a) in seven playoff contests
• NAHL All-South Division Rookie Team selection
• Played for Trenton High School

Kamil Sadlocha
Carpentersville, Illinois
Madison Capitols (USHL)
Forward, 5-10, 168

• Skated with Madison in the USHL the last two seasons
• Had eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points in 57 games in 2016-17 with the Capitols
• Notched 16-21-37 line in 2017-18 while again skating in 57 contests
• Selected for 2017 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and had an assist in the contest
• Skated in two games with U.S. National U17 team
• Played with Chicago Mission in youth hockey

AJ Vanderbeck
Monument, Colorado
Wenatchee Wild (BCHL)
Forward, 5-11, 181

• Played in the BCHL with Wenatchee the last two seasons, with 60+ points each year
• Posted 37-25-62 line in 49 regular season games as team captain in 2017-18 as squad won BCHL Fred Page Cup championship and CJHL Pacific Region title; Recorded 28 points, with 13 goals and 15 assists, in 20 playoff games
• 2018 BCHL Second Team All-Star
• Had 39 goals, 27 assists and 66 points in 55 regular season games in 2016-17 for the Wild, adding nine points in 10 postseason contests
• Skated with Sioux Falls in the USHL in 2015-16, playing in 50 games and posting a 7-7-14 line
• Began junior career with the Lone Star Brahmas in the NAHL in 2014-15; played in 56 games and had 21 goals, 14 assists and 35 points
• Came up through Colorado Rampage program

Gustaf Westlund
Stockholm, Sweden
Lincoln Stars (USHL)
Forward, 6-0, 170

• Participating in Florida Panthers development camp this summer as a free agent invitee
• Played with Lincoln in the USHL the last two seasons
• Notched 39 points in 58 games in 2017-18, with 12 goals and 27 assists
• Saw action in 59 USHL games in 2016-17 and had an 8-27-35 line
• Spent first season in the United States playing for The Gunnery Prep High School in Connecticut in 2015-16 and had 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points in 31 games
• Skated with SDE in Sweden before moving to prep school in the U.S.