Ohio State sent out a media release today saying that sophomore goalie Collin Olson has chosen to leave the program. A quote from Ohio State head coach says Olson's reason for leaving was to find somewhere where he could play more games.
Olson was a highly-touted recruit for the Buckeyes coming out of the US National Development program and was sixth round draft choice of the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2012 NHL Draft. But last season, in his first year as a Buckeye, Olson was buried behind senior All-American goalie Brady Hjelle.
This year, Olson was competing for the starting job with incoming freshman Matt Tomkins, who was also drafted in the 2012 NHL Draft(7th round, Chicago). Tomkins seemed to win the starting job, starting seven out of Ohio State's first nine games.
Seeing the writing on the wall, Olson decided to look elsewhere, rather than spending the next two-plus seasons stuck on the bench. He finishes his Ohio State career with a stat line of 3.70 goals against, .885 save percentage, and a 2-4-1 record.
His options for his next move, would be to head to the USHL, where he could play for the rest of the year, and then be eligible to play NCAA hockey again as soon as January 2015, or head to the Western Hockey League, where his rights are held by Prince George.