Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Coming off a five-point weekend, the B-Sens have lost several offensive weapons to call-ups and injuries. But help came in the form of two new additions on Wednesday.
Ottawa signed Ryan Dzingel and Garrett Thompson out of college this week, and both were on the ice for the first time in Binghamton on Wednesday.
Dzingel is coming off his junior year at Ohio State, and was a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker award. He recorded 108 points (45 goals, 63 assists) in 110 career games with the Buckeyes.
Meanwhile, Thompson comes from Ferris State. He played in 42 games this past season, scoring a team-high 16 goals and adding 16 assists to tie for the team lead with 32 points.
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Both have similar expectations and goals coming here to Binghamton to finish the year.
"Obviously these are the best players around, so it's going to be a little bit different," said Dzingel. "The systems are different from college and there's a lot of structure to it, so it's going to be a lot different. I'm looking forward to just being a student and soak up as much as I can from these guys."
"I just want to get some good experience and make an impact on the team the best I can," said Thompson. "Fill a role, whatever they need me to do, so just kind of not really step on any toes, but come in here and help out the best I can."
Coach Luke Richardson isn't wasting any time getting the two new guys in the line-up. He said they'll see playing time right away.
"Right now they're coming in on a lot of confidence. They're the best players on their teams and they're coming in off of pretty successful seasons, both of them," said Richardson. "I think just like you saw last year with Buddy Robinson coming in and Matt Puempel, especially up front, doing so well. They're riding a high on confidence and just coming in and playing."
Their first game comes on Friday when Binghamton travels to Rochester. That starts a three-game weekend for the B-Sens, with the other two games being played at the Arena.