Ohio didn't have the best of seasons, but they were able to round up some pretty decent talent. They didn't have one 86 born player on their roster at season's end, so all of those kids gained some valuable playing time at this level. They will return most of their roster, including goalie Corson Cramer.
Zac MacVoy-13 points with the Jackets and led them to their first road win.
Chris Reed-25 points, one of their better defenseman.
Dennis Urban-Leader on defense.
Corson Cramer (1988) - Cramer was released by Texas (NAHL) and quickly grabbed by Ohio. He turned out to be a quality starter for them.
Brandon Czarnecki (1990) - Young. Got some games in to get some experience. Could be decent.
Cramer should be one of the better goalies in the league next season. Czarnecki is a capable backup, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if they brought in a more established goalie to help push Cramer. Regardless, they have a good duo in net to help them win some games.
Danny Markowitz (1988) - Acquired from Tri-City, may head to college this fall.
Nolan Ryan (1988) - Big kid with lots of promise.
Patrick Goebel (1987) - Extremely short. Started to produce towards the end of the year.
John Ryder (1989) - I've always thought he was an excellent talent and he should get looks from a few colleges.
Ryan Hill (1988) - Decent size, but stuck with a horrible +/- rating (-29).
The defense looks to be pretty solid. With guys like Goebel, Ryder, and Ryan having a year of USHL experience under their belts, they should be able to be better prepared and able to produce right out of the gate. Hill is a defensive minded player with size, so he had all the makings to be very good in this league. Markowitz may still go off to Dartmouth this fall, but it's not certain whether he will stay or go at this point.
Alexei Dostoinov (1989) - Dostoinov came over from Sioux Falls and put together a solid 18 games in Ohio.
Ben Dykstra (1989) - Don't know too much about him.
Daniel Barczuk (1988) - Will be 3rd year guy, will be relied on for offense and leadership.
Danny Hobbs (1989) - Rated by NHL CSB, so he must be good.
Sean McCauley (1987) - Good talent, but just wasn't able to put up a whole lot of points.
Derek Roehl (1988) - Had a solid year and should improve on that next season.
Clark MacLean (1987) - Not a great rookie campaign, should increase his numbers to about 20 points.
Eric Rex (1987) - Same boat as McCauley.
Tim Hall (1990) - One of the biggest surprises in my eyes. Led the team in scoring as a 16 year old rookie.
Charles Brockett (1988) - Should build on a solid rookie season.
Matt Bourdeau (1989) - Big kid, needs to score some more.
Andy Taranto (1988) - Good size, but was bothered by injuries.
Justin Cseter (1988) - 4th year guy, will need to produce offensively.
Barczuk and Cseter will be relied on for leadership next fall. They will also need to score and so will guys like McCauley, Rex, and Roehl. Hall will need to avoid a "sophomore slump" but I don't think that will be too likely, and would count on him leading the team in points again. A healthy Taranto and a scoring Bourdeau could make this team really scary.
Tommy Cross and Andrew Glass lead this group. These two are outstanding players and it'd be beneficial not only to the Jackets, but to the league as a whole to have this talent in the league. Ohio's first pick, Jimmy Hayes, reportedly will not play in the USHL and C.J. Severyn has a scholarship for next fall.
Overall Evaluation: B-