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2019 Columbus Blue Jackets top 25 under 25: #22 Ohio native Carson Meyer the tale of the tape

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Blue Jackets prospect, and current Ohio State Buckeye product, Carson Meyer comes in No. 22 on the top 25 under 25.

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Thanks to the over 80 of you who voted in our poll! We combined your votes and the writers’ votes and our Top 25 Under 25 countdown continues today with #22:

Carson Meyer is an Ohio product through and through. Born in Powell, Meyer came up through the AAA Blue Jackets program, has played for the Miami RedHawks men’s hockey team in Ohio and currently skates for the Buckeyes. The Blue Jackets opted to select him in the sixth round in 2017 with the 179th pick.

#22: Carson Meyer

Voting

22nd out of 34 eligible players
Writers’ Vote: 20th
Readers’ Vote: 25th
Highest Placement: 3rd (1 vote)
Most Common Placement: 20th (5 votes)

Biography

Birthdate: August 18, 1997
Birthplace: Powell, OH
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 185 lbs
Position: Right Wing
Acquired: Drafted by Columbus in Round 6 of the 2017 draft (#179 overall)

2018-19 Season

In his first season for the Big 10 Regular Season Champion Buckeyes, Meyer scored nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points over 36 games, finishing tied for fourth on the club in goals and tied for third on the team in assists. In June, Meyer participated in his third Blue Jackets development camp.

You may recall Meyer made news in 2018 for, less than ideal reasons, when he discovered that he had a 25-inch tapeworm. Prior to the realization of just what it was, Meyer battled through lethargy and weight loss for months, running through doctor tests after test, with no one able to diagnose the issue. Until Meyer went to the restroom one day and it came out. And this, while still putting up 10 points (six goals, four assists) for the Miami RedHawks in 2017-18.

2019-20 Forecast

Meyer will compete in his senior season this upcoming fall for the Buckeyes, and then we’ll see how the future unfolds for the Ohio native. It would be a nice story for the kid from Powell to skate for his ‘home team’ Blue Jackets one day. From tapeworm to studying game tape, Meyer hopes to change the narrative when people think of him as he progresses through his hockey career.

Elaine Shircliff had more to offer on Meyer:

“Pre tapeworm Carson Meyer was a force to be reckoned with on the ice. He would both give and take monster hits while finding ways to create highlight reel plays. Knowing this about Meyer made his 2017-18 season worrisome. The plays weren’t there, his stamina was low, and he was jostled one too many times on weaker hits. Once we found out about the parasite stealing his magical hockey nutrients, it made sense why this prolific scorer and playmaker was riding the struggle bus.

Transferring home was really the only thing that made sense. The question was, “Will Meyer be able to get back to his game-changer ways or will he have another season of struggles?” Thanks to the staff at the Ohio State University and his work ethic, Meyer is back on the track towards success.

Meyer had a few missteps this season but he looked strong and healthy. Whenever OSU was in a tight spot, you could see the gears in his mind moving. As the season progressed, so did Meyer’s skillset and stamina. He even picked up a few quarterback style plays which proved helpful to OSU.

If he keeps progressing as a player and trying to learn new things, I think we will see Carson Meyer in Cleveland at the end OSU’s 2019-20 season.”