3. Ryan Dzingel
What do you get when you combine a hard-nosed, gritty young player who can score goals at east and a work ethic that would make Rod ‘The Bod’ Brind’amour tear up in pride? You guessed it! Ryan Dzingel.
Ryan Dzingel is a perfect fit for the Carolina Hurricanes organization, and more specifically, Rod Brind’amour’s ‘Earn It’ system that ensures each player earns every opportunity they’ve been given both on and off the ice. The man worked out with Hurricanes’ trainer Bill Burniston his first day in Raleigh, for Pete’s sake!
Dzingel has mentioned that he has had to earn everything he’s ever been given. If you look at his track record, this is true. Dzingel was drafted 204th overall in the 7th Round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He worked his way up to a Top-6 level forward, and has cemented himself in that role permanently with both his physical style of play, and his nose for the net.
Dzingel is definitely going to be a player to watch. I, for one, am excited to see just how much he earns from Head Coach Rod Brind’amour, and what he does with the opportunities he’s inevitably going to be given. If you ask me, Dzingel is a shoe-in for a 20+ goal performance this season, especially if he sees time on the 1st Powerplay unit.