Ryan Dzingel was having a breakout year for Ottawa before being traded to Columbus. In 64 games total this year, he has 47 points (22 goals, 25 assists). Last year, in his age 25 season he broke 40 points (41) for the first time in his career.
Dzingel is playing on Columbus’ second line with Matt Duchene right now, they both were teammates in Ottawa and now are playing on the same line with Columbus who went all in at the deadline.
He’s at a 60 point pace over a full 82 game season. Adding that to Barzal’s left side could be a big addition especially when considering that Dzingel has gotten better every year he’s been in the league.
With Dzingel on the left, Barzal in the center, and perhaps Keiffer Bellows on the right side Barzal has a much better shot to go off. He’s got two guys with 25 goals or more potential which should get him over the point per game margin once again.
The Contract: 5-years $24.25 million ($4.85 million AAV)
When you consider the Elias Lindholm contract from last year, a deal between $4.5 – $5 million seems about fair for Dzingel. Columbus has a lot of moving parts after this year and with other big names on the market, Ryan Dzingel will likely slip through the cracks.