Ryan Dzingel (C-L, 6’0, DOB 1992, 7-204/11)
2009-10 USHL Lincoln 36-11-15-26 -18 38pim (ppg 0.72) 5th pts
2010-11 USHL Lincoln 54-23-44-67 +19 8pim (ppg 1.24) 1st all-star
2011-12 NCAA Ohio 33-7-17-24 +4 32pim (ppg 0.72) 2nd
2012-13 NCAA Ohio 40-16-22-38 -9 22pim (ppg 0.95) 1st
Passed over in his first year of draft eligibility, he was one of the USHL’s top scorers when the Sens selected him (he was not ranked in 2011). Dzingel finished tied for the point-lead at Ohio State (playing with fellow Sens prospect Max McCormick) in his rookie season, but his production slowed down considerably as the season wore on (15 points in the first 17 games, 9 in the final 16). This season he lead his team in points and goals while finishing third in overall scoring in the CCHA. A long term prospect, he’ll likely finish his NCAA career before turning pro. He was in the running for the hardest worker in the Sens development camp (losing to Fredrik Claesson) this summer and the organisation has to be happy with his progress (Randy Lee said “[he’s a] character kid…a real high end skill guy”). Hockey’s Future said prior to the draft:
Dzingel is a play-making, skill forward who sees the ice well and creates opportunities for his teammates. He does not play a physical style but seemed to be much more consistent in his second year of junior hockey. He is an accurate, dangerous shooter and some would like to see him shoot more often. Dzingel is still developing physically and will benefit from the time in college hockey.
A year before he was drafted (so his first year of eligibility) Dzingel talked to McKeen’s where he described himself as:
“I’m a skilled forward, so I move the puck well, and I see the ice pretty well. So, those are probably my best attributes” and “I work hard and I have skill to back it up. I don’t just go out there and finesse all the time. Even though I can do that, I know I have to back it up with work ethic and try to be a leader out here.”
Sens scout Bob Janeyck talked about Dzingel (0:43-0:54), and his description reminds me of Erik Condra (presumably the kind of player they want Dzingel to be). Highlights of Dzingel were hard to find, but a drunken/stoned “I miss you” from former high school friends was not, so enjoy.
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)