The Columbus Blue Jackets second homegrown product is back playing his college hockey in Columbus.
Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Carson Meyer’s sophomore year at Miami University wasn’t what anyone wanted or expected. After a stellar freshman season with the Redhawks, Meyer’s performance plummeted last year and no one knew why.
That was until, during a normal bowel movement, Meyer discovered that he had a tapeworm inside of him leeching the life from him for months. The crazy story swept the hockey world and explained why his performance had dipped. Needless to say the season was a lot to handle but Meyer transferred and now gets a fresh start at Ohio State.
Meyer successfully appealed to the NCAA so he doesn’t need to sit out a season after his transfer. He is eligible to play right away for the Buckeyes and will look to be a top six forward on a team that is coming off of a Frozen Four appearance. Meyer, a Columbus native, will look to return to his high scoring days of his freshman season.
In 2016-2017 for the Redhawks, Meyer had 10 goals and 16 assist in 32 games as a freshman. Those numbers are very impressive considering Meyer was playing in the toughest conference in college hockey. He should fit in very nicely on the Buckeye squad that finished 10th in scoring last year.
Expectations are tough to set for a guy that basically just lost a whole season of hockey due to a freak event. If we were to turn back the clock to last year, and the tapeworm never happened, I would say that expecting Meyer to be over a point per game producer was a good goal. But seeing Meyer play all 35+ games for the Buckeyes and playing solid minutes every night is a good goal.
It would be great to see Meyer on the power play as well. Last year the Buckeyes were 6th in power play percentage and Meyer should be able to ensure they have another top 10 season in that category.
The Columbus Blue Jackets 6th round pick from two years ago has been through a lot, to say the least. Hopefully a return to his home and a fresh start with Ohio State can put Meyer back on track towards eventually contributing in the NHL.