Fresh off an NCAA tournament run that took Ohio State to the Frozen Four, members of the men’s hockey team were invited to attend NHL development camps over the offseason.
Eight players received invites to these camps, including senior forward Mason Jobst, junior defenseman Tanner Laczynski, redshirt junior defenseman Wyatt Ege and redshirt senior goaltender Sean Romeo.
These camps allow players to gain experience skating with professional players and working with NHL coaches.
This is the third time Jobst, the NCAA’s active leading scorer, has participated in an NHL development camp. Last offseason, he attended camps as a free agent invitee with the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins. This year, he joined the Minnesota Wild.
“It was very cool,” Jobst said. “We’d go on the ice and we’d do either a skills session with one of their skills coaches or a skating lesson with the skating guy. So, it was pretty cool. The NHL coaches would come out and talk to us a little bit. It was a lot of fun.”
Laczynski, who notched a career-high 47 points and earned First Team All Big-Ten honors last season, was taken with pick No. 169 by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round of the 2016 NHL Draft and has attended their camp the past two offseasons.
“It’s definitely something special and definitely something I look forward to every summer, especially just to learn from those coaches and scouts and just to hear what they have to say about each individual’s game and how you can improve your game,” Laczynski said.
Ege has attended camp with the Las Vegas Golden Knights the past two years.
This past season, the redshirt junior was fourth on the team in assists, while tying for the lead among defensemen on Ohio State with 18 points.
“It was nice to see the guys, just because it was my second time back there. It was nice to see some familiar faces,” Ege said. “At [my] first development camp I was kind of a little nervous, seeing all these guys, you know, all these draft picks and now, going back for a second year, I already knew them.”
Coming off a season during which he ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten in both goals against average and win percentage, Romeo was invited to his first development camp with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“It was cool to kind of be around some of the top players in the country, a lot of players we play against in college, and kind of learn from them and got great coaching for a week. [I] learned a lot and I’m excited to implement that stuff this year,” Romeo said.
In addition, freshman forward Quinn Preston attended camp with the Winnipeg Jets, and freshman forward Gustaf Westlund joined the Florida Panthers. Freshman defenseman Ryan O’Connell, drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2017 NHL Draft, attended their camp. Senior defenseman Sasha Larocque also worked with the Anaheim Ducks at their camp over the summer.
The Buckeyes will look to take the lessons from these camps into their season-opening series against Arizona State on Oct. 12 and 13.