Ryan Dzingel is one of the many key players from Columbus who will be hitting free agency this summer. Similar to Duchene, Ryan Dzingel left Ottawa during the trade deadline as he was viewed as one of the players that could help Columbus finally make it past the first round.
Dzingel started the season hot in Ottawa, scoring 22 goals and 22 assists in 57 games. At that pace, it looked like Dzingel was going to be one of the hottest free agents available as he was set to hit the unrestricted market. That would’ve made Ottawa unable to keep up with the other teams pursuing him. so they did what they do best. They traded Dzingel to Columbus for Anthony Duclair, and two second-round picks.
The move to Columbus did not benefit Dzingel as much as it did Ottawa. Some would say that he potentially lost a lot of money due to his slip in production. Dzingel went from 44 points in 57 games, to 12 in 21. Which is not terrible for joining a new team late in the season, but his struggles to find a groove continued into the playoffs….in fact, they got worse. Dzingel only managed to score one goal for the Blue Jackets in nine playoff appearances. It would not be a stretch to say that would damage one’s market interest.
Dzingel’s market, however, should remain high. After the drop-in price, we know that Ottawa will be in the hunt, along with really any other team that could use a boost on the second line. So that narrows it down to about 31 teams. Well, maybe not Columbus since it didn’t work out, but they can’t lose everyone right?
Overall Dzingel is a player who can play on either wing as well as center. That alone drives up his price. Dzingel also, however, lacks the “ideal” size at 6’0 and 190 pounds but is a strong skater that works hard. Not to overuse the comparison but Preds fans know what that combo brings as Viktor Arvidsson is a small player who is a strong skater that works hard and look at how he is doing.