April 16, 2019

#ProBucks Update

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In the NHL

Ryan Dzingel, who was traded to Columbus at the trade deadline, and the Blue Jackets swept the Presidents’ Trophy winning Tampa Bay Lightning. In the regular season, Dzingel had 26-30-56 totals in 78 games combined between Ottawa and Columbus. He has skated in 19 career playoff games and has two goals and an assist.

Zac Dalpe joined Dzingel on the Blue Jackets roster Monday but was returned to Cleveland (and their playoff run) Wednesday. This season is the first time two Buckeyes have been on the CBJ roster at the same time since RJ Umberger and Nate Guenin in 2010-11.

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In the AHL

The American Hockey League Calder Cup playoffs start this week, with eight Buckeyes on AHL playoff rosters. AHL matchups and schedules

In the first round, Buckeye David Gust and his Bakersfield Condors will face Buckeye alums Max McCormick and Sasha Larocque, a 2019 senior, of the Colorado Eagles. Other playoff bound Buckeyes include Zac Dalpe with Cleveland, Nick Schilkey with Charlotte, Matthew Weis with Chicago and Matt Bartkowski with Iowa. Mason Jobst, another 2019 senior, signed an ATO with the Bridgeport Sound and joined the team this week.

Two Buckeyes ranked among the Top 11 goal scorers in the AHL in the regular season – Dalpe set a Cleveland Monsters record with 33 goals (tying for third among all AHL scorers) and led his team with 55 points. Anthony Greco had a team-best 30 goals and 59 assists for Springfield, who did not qualify for the playoffs. Another Buckeye, defenseman Josh Healey, spent 2019 in the AHL with the Stockton Heat, who did not advance to the postseason.

In the ECHL

The ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs started last weekend.

Chris Crane and the Toledo Walleye have a 2-1 lead over the Fort Wayne Komets and Sam Jardine and the Newfoundland Growlers lead Brampton 3-1. Matthew Weis, who is with the AHL Chicago Wolves (who are currently in the playoffs), is eligible for the Fort Wayne playoff roster.

Buckeyes who played in the ECHL this season but whose teams are not in the playoffs or who are not on playoff rosters include Luke Stork (Atlanta), Matt Joyaux (Kalamazoo), Christian Frey (Jacksonville) and Matt Tomkins (Indy).

Tommy Parran, a 2019 senior, signed an ATO with the Adirondack Thunder after the season and skated for three games with the team, picking up an assist for his first professional point. He is not on the team’s playoff roster.