There have been a lot of additions since our last update so I thought I should take some time to update and weigh in. First and foremost, the Cyclones have added 9 players to the roster bringing the total to 24.
Kevin Roeder – Kevin joins the Cyclones after playing 4 years for the Miami University Redhawks. He’s billed as a physical, stay at home defenseman. Listed at 5’8″ 205lbs, he certainly has the frame to be physical and I look forward to seeing how he transitions to the pro game.
Brock Sheahan – Brock will play his second year of pro hockey with the Cyclones after a solid rookie campaign with Wheeling. Sheahan also played 4 years for Notre Dame where he was a teammate of Mark Van Guilder. From what I remember from last season Brock will be a solid pick up for the team. He’s a durable player; playing all 72 regular season games for Wheeling, who has a lot of potential.
Dwayne Zinger – Dwayne returns to the city where his pro hockey career began 10 years ago. Zinger has played most of his career in the AHL but has also played in Europe (last season) and spent 7 games in the NHL for the Washington Capitals. It will not surprise me in the least if Dwayne has an “A” on his sweater this season. He will join Ehgoetz as a true veteran and his leadership ship will no doubt be invaluable to the young players who hope to make hockey a career.
Scott Reynolds – Scott will return for a 3rd stint with the Cyclones after spending last season playing in Italy. I really think Reynolds’ return will be most noticed on the PK and in other defensive situations, but after a season in Italy which saw him put up nearly as many points in just 42 games as he did in 2007-2008 when he played 71, I also expect Scott to have a bit of a break out year offensively. I really don’t think 50 points is out of the question for him this season.
Chris Mueller – As a member of the 2006-2007 Michigan State NCAA Championship team, Chris will no doubt bring that Championship experience to the Cyclones. Chris’ Championship experience combined with the AHL experience of his rookie campaign will serve him well in the ECHL.
Felix Petit – I was excited about this kid when the Cyclones signed him out of Juniors last season and I’m more thrilled to have him back this season. In Juniors, Felix put up numbers that were flat out brilliant (273gms, 86g-202a-288pts). After watching him for a few games last season, there were a few things he needed to work on to bring his game to the pro level, but he showed the kind of talent that will make him a dynamic offensive weapon for the ‘Clones.
Sam Bloom – Sam will join the Cyclones after playing 4 seasons of college hockey for McGill University. Judging from the numbers, I would say that Bloom should be a decent role player for the squad. I look forward to seeing him competing for a spot during training camp.
Shawn Fensel – Fensel, a defenseman, will be entering his first year of pro hockey after a 4 seasons with the St. Lawrence Saints. It appears that Shawn is capable from the blueline, putting up decent numbers at the collegiate level.
Travis Winter – Travis joins the Cyclones after ending his career with Bemidji State. According to the team press release Travis played hurt throughout his senior season and I don’t think his numbers from last season really show what his capable of; Winter had solid sophomore and junior seasons.
All in all things are shaping up quite well. The Cyclones have more players signed at this point than they have leading up to previous seasons. That being said, 17 of those 24 are reporting to AHL camps so it will be interesting to see who actually shows for the first day of camp. The fact that 17 players are in AHL camps indicates the level of talent that Coach Weber has recruited this season. I am looking forward to this seasons training camp. It should be the most competitive camps the Cyclones have ever had.