Ottawa Senators forward Ryan Dzingel put up three goals and nine points in 30 games at the NHL level for the Atlantic Division team last season – so now, he’s being given an extension to stay with the club for one more year.
Per General Fanager, Dzingel has been inked to a one year, two way extension with Ottawa, which will carry him through the end of the 2016-17 season. At that point, he will be eligible for another extension, once again as a restricted free agent.
Drafted 204th overall by the Senators in 2011, Dzingel – a native of Wheaton, Illinois – played for three seasons at Ohio State University before going pro with the team that drafted him in the spring of 2014.
Since then, he’s played almost exclusively at the AHL level, barring the 30-game stint with Ottawa this past year. Despite being predominantly a minor league forward in the system, though, he’s put up strong numbers – with 34 points in 66 AHL games as a rookie and an impressive 36 points in 44 AHL games this last year, he’s a promising forward working his way through the ranks.
With Dzingel signed, the Senators still have other contracts they need to take care of. The biggest elephant in the room for the club is the deal for RFA Mike Hoffman, who finished his 2015-16 campaign with 29 goals and 59 points for Ottawa.
Getting one of their stronger depth players inked to an affordable extension, though, is certainly a good move for the Senators – even if it’s just a small mark on their radar this summer.