September 14, 2017

#ProBucks Update: NHL Training Camps Open


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