Carson Meyer is Mr. Ohio. The Powell-native grew up playing in the Ohio Blue Jackets youth system, enrolled at Miami University in Ohio in 2016, and was selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets as an over-ager in the sixth round of the draft last year. So, with news of his desire to transfer following his sophomore year, the only choice was obviously Ohio State. Meyer confirmed the move today and hopes to play immediately next season.
It may be tricky, but there is no doubt that the administrators at Ohio State will work hard to petition the NCAA to allow Meyer to play right away in 2018-19 rather than sit for a year as per usual. Exceptions are frequently made, especially in hockey, but Meyer is not without options if he is forced to take a redshirt year after transferring. Past players have simply taken the year off from school entirely and returned to their USHL team and Meyer would be more than welcomed back by the Tri-City Storm. Meyer led the team to a championship behind his club-best 51 points in his one full season in the USHL. However, the Buckeyes would like to have him in the lineup as soon as possible to take advantage of that production.
The undersized winger has struggled to produce at the same level with Miami – due in no small part to a “sickness” this season that turned out to be a 25-inch tapeworm – but is ready to move on and will likely fit in better surrounded by superior talent at Ohio State. The Buckeyes finished second in the Big Ten Conference and made it all the way to the Frozen Four of the NCAA Tournament this year. The team will return much of its roster next season, including top scorers Tanner Laczynski, a Philadelphia Flyers selection, and Mason Jobst. If a now-healthy Meyer is indeed able to join that group this season, it will be a strong forward unit for Ohio State.