With player development camps getting underway around the NHL, current and former Ohio State men's hockey players are hitting the ice.
Rising junior forward Mason Jobst, a 2017 All-American who led the Big Ten in scoring with 55 points and was eighth nationally in points per game, is taking part in camp with the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as with the Boston Bruins.
Wyatt Ege, who will be a redshirt sophomore defenseman for the Buckeyes in 2017-18, is skating with the Vegas Golden Knights in the first development camp for the expansion team. He was a 2016 WCHA All-Rookie Team selection at Alaska Anchorage and sat out last season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations.
Nick Schilkey, who was a senior and captain for the Buckeyes in 2017, is in camp with the Carolina Hurricanes. A two-time Second Team All-Big Ten selection, he led the Buckeyes and was third nationally with 27 goals, sharing the NCAA lead with 16.
Josh Healey, a two-time All-Big Ten selection as a defenseman, is in camp with Calgary. A free agent, he signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the club following the end of the 2016-17 campaign. As a senior, Healey had a career-high 21 assists and 25 points and a +17 rating, while blocking 72 shots.
Dakota Joshua, who will be a junior for the Buckeyes in 2017-18, will attend camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs. A fifth-round draft pick of the Maple Leafs in 2014, he was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten choice in 2017 after posting 12 goals, 23 assists and 35 points.
John Wiitala, a rising junior, is an invitee to Minnesota Wild camp. A Lakeville, Minn., native, he played in all 39 games for the Buckeyes in 2016-17 and had 10 goals, nine assists and 19 points.
Tanner Laczynski, a sixth round draft pick of Philadelphia in 2016, will take part in the team's development camp. He was 11th in points per game among all NCAA freshmen in 2016-17, ranking fourth in the Big Ten, and had 10 goals, 22 assists and 32 points while skating in 34 games.
Matt Tomkins, a goalie who wrapped up his Buckeye career this past season, is attending development camp with Chicago. A draft pick of the Blackhawks, Tomkins signed a one-year AHL contract with the Rockford IceHogs this summer. Tomkins played in 22 games in 2016-17 for the Buckeyes, with a career-high 12 wins, along with a Big Ten-best 2.48 goals-against average.
The Buckeyes open the 2017-18 season with an exhibition game Sept. 30. The regular season opens with a Big Ten series at Wisconsin Oct. 6-7. The regular season home slate begins with games vs. RPI Oct. 13-14.
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