Buckeyes Spend Time at NHL Development Camps
Sept. 14, 2015


COLUMBUS, Ohio –
Over the summer, both current and former Buckeyes spent time at NHL Development Camps, focusing on improving in many areas to help progress in their careers.

Current Buckeyes who attended NHL development camps include drafted players Matt Tomkins (Chicago), Tyler Nanne (New York Rangers) and Miguel Fidler (Florida), as well as free agents Josh Healey (Edmonton), Anthony Greco (Detroit) and Craig Dalrymple (Winnipeg). Dakota Joshua, a Toronto draft pick, was injured and unable to participate in camp this year. Former Buckeyes at development camp included Sam Jardine (Chicago), Ryan Dzingel (Ottawa) and Max McCormick (Ottawa).

The current Buckeyes talked about their experiences at development camp over the summer and what they will carry into the 2015-16 season at Ohio State.

Craig Dalrymple, senior defenseman, Winnipeg Jets (free agent)
What was your experience at development camp like?
“My experience at development camp was great. I had the opportunity to skate with players from all over the world and meet many great people within the Winnipeg Jets organization. I learned so much, whether it was on the ice learning from instructors, off the ice working with strength and conditioning or learning about people within the organization. Skating on ice was only a small portion of what the week entailed. Learning about the city and creating new relationships with other people were all part of an exciting and entertaining week.”
What was your biggest takeaway from development camp?
“My biggest takeaway from camp is continuing to develop small skills and being aware of positioning that happens all over the ice. Stick positioning, area positioning and foot positioning are all skills I want to improve on which in turn will help me be a better player.”
What was your favorite activity during camp?
“There was no specific activity that was my favorite during camp. However, understanding where everyone was from, which league they played in and simply getting to know one another was very beneficial. There were team building exercises we did several times throughout the week where I got to know players the best. Overall, teambuilding exercises were my favorite thing to do because of how much you learn about people and understand how they got to where they are.
What is one thing you developed/learned at camp that you think will help you during this season?
"One thing I learned at camp is understanding the positions you are in at all times when you are on the ice. Having great gap control, finding yourself in rushes and knowing where you are located in the defensive zone are all aspects that will help me over the course of the season. Simply focusing on these three areas will benefit the team and help me become a better hockey player.”

Miguel Fidler, freshman forward, Florida Panthers (5th round pick, 2014 NHL Draft)
What was your experience at development camp like?
“I had a great time at development camp this year. I love Florida - it's a great place to be. The staff and coaches are amazing and make the trip easy and fun. I was only there for a week but I felt like I learned so much and I really enjoy skating with all the talented draft picks they have." 
What was your biggest takeaway from development camp?
“My biggest takeaway from the camp was everything the coaches helped me with. I loved talking to them and getting feedback on what they thought about how I was doing.”
What was your favorite activity during camp?
“My favorite activity at camp was beach day. We had a lot of fun activities and the beach was amazing.”
What is one thing you developed/learned at camp that you think will help you during this season?
“I think skating with all those talented players and getting the tips and tricks from coaches will help me greatly this year.”

Anthony Greco, senior forward, Detroit Red Wings (free agent)
What was your experience at development camp like?
“Development camp was great. It was a long week filled with a lot of on ice and off ice activities, lots of informational sessions about things like nutrition and proper strength training and a lot of good meetings with coaches and different people within Detroit's organization. I had a lot of fun, got to meet a lot of great guys and obviously got a small glimpse into that level of hockey. I came away feeling pretty good from the experience.”
What was your biggest takeaway from development camp?
“I think the biggest takeaway from camp for me was seeing some of the guys already playing in Detroit’s organization, whether it be trying to make the Red Wings in the upcoming season or currently playing with Grand Rapids, and seeing the work they put in and the sort of lifestyle you have to have to succeed at that level. It was a good glimpse into that level of hockey and to be able to see that side of it, because in my opinion, that's the level where it is now your job and your employment so it is much different than the college level. Also, to be able to see where I was in my own game on and off the ice, I was pleased with the direction I am heading after having gone through that type of learning experience.”
What was your favorite activity during camp?
“To be honest, it was such a long week; you’re waking up every day at 7 a.m. and getting on the shuttle to the rink to be on the ice at 9 a.m. and you’re pretty much staying busy till about 3-4 p.m. So aside from being on the ice and learning in the skill sessions and team practices which was probably my favorite part, I enjoyed the meetings and small seminars the coaches of the Red Wings and Grand Rapids Griffins gave to help explain what it's like being a pro and tell different stories about players and how they got to where they are. I found that information really interesting and helpful and it was also a time to sort of relax and not do a physical activity, but to sit back and listen to what they had to say.”
What is one thing you developed/learned at camp that you think will help you during this season?
“I think just learning more about the mindset and mentality you need to have on the ice and away from it; whether it’s eating right and sleeping right and having a certain mentality and attitude when you’re playing is probably the biggest thing I was able to learn to help add to my own personal game.”

Josh Healey, junior defenseman, Edmonton Oilers (free agent)
What was your experience at development camp like?
“The Oilers camp was an awesome experience, playing in front of over 10,000 fans for a prospects game was pretty surreal.”
What was your biggest takeaway from development camp that you can carry into this season?
“The biggest thing I took away from the camp was the "why" part of why we do things on the ice. Understanding why we run certain systems and where I should position myself in certain situations will help my game moving forward into next season.”
What was your favorite activity during camp?
“My favorite activity during camp was the new arena tour. Seeing what Edmonton's arena district is going to be in the next few years was a really cool experience.”

Tyler Nanne, freshman defenseman, New York Rangers (fifth round pick, 2014 NHL Draft)
What was your experience at development camp like?
“I had a great experience at development camp, lots of faces from last year that I hadn't seen all year. It’s a great group of guys to be with for a solid week of hockey.”
What was your biggest takeaway from development camp?
“One take away that stuck out to me the most was how much care you should put into your body before and after you're done with the daily routine. It was amazing seeing how much has to go in, in order to be running on all cylinders all the time.”
What was your favorite activity during camp?
“My favorite part about camp was hanging at the rink with guys all day then going home and taking a much needed nap followed up by a great meal in the city. All the activities were fun; I enjoyed the ice bath talks after a long skate and getting to meet Carmelo Anthony was awesome.”
What is one thing you developed/learned at camp that you think will help you during this season?
After going through another camp, something I can take away and use this season and moving forward would be the idea nutrition, sleep and preparation has to be the main focus of everything you do.”

Matt Tomkins, junior goalie, Chicago Blackhawks (7th round pick, 2012 NHL Draft)
What was your experience at development camp like?
“My experience at development camp this summer was fantastic. It was my fourth time attending the Blackhawks camp and it has always been the highlight of my summer. I am extremely fortunate to be a part of such a world class organization and to be able to spend time in the city each summer. It's pretty tough to beat a week in Chicago being hosted and developed as a hockey player by the Blackhawks.”
What was your biggest takeaway from development camp?
“My biggest takeaway from camp was just how much quicker and more detailed the game is at the next level. I was fortunate this year to skate with the pro group in camp and was able to skate and compete with all current AHL and NHL players for the entire week. It took a while for me to adjust to the speed those guys compete at, but once I adjusted I became aware of the small details I need to improve to be able to have success at the next level. Being around professional hockey players for the week also helped with understanding just what that lifestyle is all about and what it takes to get there.”
What was your favorite activity during camp?
“My favorite part of the week by far is being on the ice. It's pretty unbelievable to spend the week in downtown Chicago and take in such a great city, but in my opinion nothing beats skating everyday with some of the best players and coaches. It's a blast to be on the ice with players from all over the world and many guys that you have competed with or against in the past. It's such a great environment in Chicago and the term development camp really lives up to its name. I feel each year I have attended I made huge strides in my game and am able to take back and apply things to my game I was taught over the week.”
What is one thing you developed/learned at camp that you think will help you during this season?
“I think the most important thing I learned that I can apply to this season is my attention to detail. Being surrounded by players and coaches from arguably the best organization in the league, you learn how much the little things matter. From on ice to off ice training, you really understand how paying attention to detail and understanding your game will help you improve to get to the next level. Especially as a goalie where everything is so specific, my attention to detail will be a key factor to have success this season and something I learned should be emphasized as I progress into the season.”