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Stars Alum Inks NHL Deal With Ottawa Senators

04/02/2014, 12:00pm CDT
By bwerger

The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Ryan Dzingel to a NHL entry-level contract, a player they selected in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Dzingel spent two seasons in the USHL with the Lincoln Stars (2009-11), averaging better than a point per game over his career in Lincoln.  He put up 26 points (11g, 15a) in 36 games as a rookie in 2009-10, and then became of the League’s top scores the following year with 67 points (23g, 44a) over 54 regular season games.  He was fifth overall in USHL scoring his second season and finished tied for 12th in the League with a plus-12 rating. 

The Wheaton, Illinois native opened his second season by recording points in each of his first eight games of the season, accumulating 15 points (6g, 9a) over that span.  Dzingel also put together a 10-game point streak late in the season (4g, 14a) which included an assist in each of those contests, the longest assist streak in the USHL that season.  He also equaled a USHL season high with a plus-five rating in the 8-4 win against Sioux City on January 21st, 2011, a game in which he recorded four points (3g, 1a) and his first USHL hat trick.  Following the season, the Ottawa Senators selected him in the seventh round (204th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

The 22-year-old recently completed his third collegiate season at Ohio State University where he put up 108 points (45g, 63a) in 110 games at the school.  He led the Buckeyes in scoring all three seasons, including tying for 12th in the nation this season with 46 points (22g, 24a) in 37 games.  Dzingel led the Big Ten in scoring on the way to being selected to the All-Big Ten First Team.  He was also named as one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player.

USHL stats – Ryan Dzingel


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