The Journey: Frozen Four Finalists Standouts

Brad Phillips

2018-04-07

                                           

Frozen Four Finalists standouts

We’re down to the final two in college hockey with the NCAA championship final going tonight. We’ll see Minnesota-Duluth facing off against Notre Dame. Both teams prevailed in thrilling semi-final matchups against Ohio State and Michigan. Here’s a look at some of the players that got their teams to the final four.

 

 

Ohio State

Tanner Laczynski

One of a number of Philadelphia Flyers draft selections excelling at the collegiate level, the 2016 sixth rounder is shaping up to be quite a steal for Ron Hextall & Co. A nearly point per game player with the Chicago Steel of the USHL, Laczynski has been an even better offensive threat in the college ranks. His freshman total of 32 points was tied for the fourth best mark by a first year player in the conference and came through in the clutch as many as any other Buckeye with a team high 3 game winning goals. Another year older and wiser, Laczynski has taken his game to another level leading Ohio State with 30 assists, 46 points, the 12th highest total in the league, and a team best mark of plus-19. Laczynki scored the only goal for the Buckeyes in a semi-final loss to the Bulldogs and now to watch begins as to whether or not he will sign a pro contract with the Flyers.

 

 

Mason Jobst

An undersized pivot, Jobst has enjoyed a productive college career during his three years on the Columbus campus producing at better than a point per game. The undrafted product out of Indiana, Jobst played four seasons with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL, finishing his junior career with 88 points in 158 games. In his freshman year with the Buckeyes he registered a dozen goals and 18 assists to finish tied for third in the Big Ten in scoring by a first year player and earned conference All-Rookie Team honours. Year number two was a rousing success with Jobst leading the team in assists (36), points (55) and finished seventh in the nation in scoring. Not surprisingly he was named to the conference First All-Star Team. His junior year has seen his overall offensive number take a step back, but with greater team success. The first year captain set a new career high in goals with 21, although his point total dropped 21% to 43. No doubt Jobst doesn’t care one iota as Ohio State reached the Frozen Four for the first time in 20 years. It’ll be interesting to see if he gets a pro deal but has at least two factors working against him in his size (listed as 5-08) and age (24). But he’s proven he can score having massed the fourth most points, 98, in the NCAA over the past two years, to the point where some team might take a flyer on him.

 

 

Michigan

Cooper Marody

I previously cover Marody in my Philadelphia Flyers focused column here but since then there has been an interesting development for the Michigan Wolverine. Marody paced the maize and blue in assists with 34 and points with 50 forming the lethal “Run DMC” line for Michigan consisting of himself, Tony Calderone and Dexter Dancs. The junior finished in the top 10 in the NCAA in both of