Archive for September, 2009

Getting Caught Up…Again

Posted: 2009/09/24 by Mike in Offseason News

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 RoederKevin 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 SheahanBrock 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 ZingerDwayne 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 ReynoldsScott 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 MuellerAs 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 PetitI 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 BloomSam 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 FenselFensel, 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 WinterTravis 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.

-Mike-

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Montreal and Nashville’s rookie camp rosters have finally hit the web, and quite a few familiar faces will be making their way to their respective clubs.

MONTREAL: Among the 29 players to hit the ice in Brossard, Quebec with the Habs on September 7th are former league MVP David Desharnais, 2008 American Conference-clinching goal scorer Ryan Russell, 2008 Kelly Cup MVP Cedrick Desjardins, and forward/defenseman JT Wyman. [Full roster here.] Other names of note: Dany Masse & Robert Mayer. Masse, 21, is a QMJHL graduate who had 110 points in 68 games with Drummondville last year, before an injury knocked him out of the postseason. He isn’t expected to spend much time in Cincinnati, but could see some action early on while making up for lost time after missing this summer’s Canadiens prospect camp. Mayer, 19, went 26-25-4 (.900, 3.25) with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL. The way the Canadiens’ depth chart looks, if Halak is not moved before the season, he could factor to be the fifth goaltender in the system and could see action in Cincinnati.

NASHVILLE: The Predators open their rookie camp up on September 8th with quite a few familiar names — ’08 Cup winner Ryan Maki, ’09 playoff point-per-game man Ian McKenzie, 26-goal-scorer Mark Van Guilder, as well Mark Santorelli and defenseman Mark Matheson who saw limited action in Cincinnati. They travel to Duluth, GA to battle the Atlanta rookies on September 14 & 15. [Full roster here.] Notable names: Jeremy Smith and Chet Pickard. Mark Dekanich split time in net with Drew MacIntyre in Milwaukee, but with the departure of MacIntyre to Atlanta, it appears to be between Pickard and Smith to fight for the second spot, with the other seeing time in Cincinnati. Smith, 20, went 15-18-5 with Niagara and Plymouth of the OHL, while Pickard went 35-12-3 with the Tri-City Americans of the WHL. Chances are, Smith will make an appearance in Cincinnati if Pickard’s success translates to the professional ranks.

–Dannielle

And Then There Were 15

Posted: 2009/09/03 by Mike in Offseason News
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Before I get to the 2 new guys, the Cyclones officially welcomed Matt Pierce and Brett Robinson to the Team today, even though the cat was out of the bag a few days ago for those that took the time to read the Jimmy Kilpatrick press release.

The Team also agreed to terms with Doug Krantz and Kenton Dulle. Krantz came over in the post season trade that sent fan favorite Justin Johnson home to Alaska.  Kantz’s numbers would indicate that he’s a defenseman that thinks about getting the puck out of the zone and up the ice. And, while he may not be the guy that puts up a ton of goals from the blueline, he seems to be the type of guy that sets a lot of goals up.

Kenton Dulle comes to the Cylcones via the WHL where he put up decent numbers. My biggest concern with Kenton will be his size. He’s listed at 5’11” and 170lbs. That may work in Juniors, but players that size can get pussed around a bit at the ECHL level. I’m not saying that’s what going to happen, after all Chad Starling held his own and he wasn’t exactly huge.  I’m looking forward to training camp to see how Dulle skates. If he skates well the size becomes much less of an issue.

-Mike-

The Cyclones have added a lot of players since our last update and I’m told there are more to come in the up coming weeks. There could be some notable players in those upcoming announcements. In the meantime, here’s who the ‘Clones have signed since our last update; Brian O’Hanely, Adam Krug, Kirk Medernach, Hans Benson, Jimmy Kilpatrick, and, while there is no press release regarding them, in the release about Jimmy Kilpatrick it mentions Matt Pierce and Brett Robinson as being on the roster. That puts the Cyclones roster at 13.

Brian O’Hanley is the last of the 3 players that joined the Cyclones after Fresno folded last season to sign with the team.

Krug and Medernach both spent a short time with the team last season. Krug didn’t have a lot of time to show what he can do so it will be interesting to see how he adapts from the college game to the ECHL after getting a taste of it last season. Medernach is yet another player to join the squad from Mercyhurst College. Mercyhurst College has provided the ‘Clones with several solid players these last few years; hopefully Kirk is no exception.

Benson looks to be the guy that will fill the role of  “enforcer” now that Justin Johnson has been traded to Alaska. Benson can rack up the PIMs for sure and he has spent most of his time  in the AHL recently, but the question i have to ask is; can he actually play hockey? A pure fighter will certainly help put people in the seats, but in the event of injuries and call-ups, there isn’t much room on the bench for people that are liabilities on the ice. Only time will tell I guess.  It should be noted that Hans is the second cousin of Bengals’ running back Cederic Benson; that could prove to be an interesting story that the local media could hopefully pick up on.

I’m glad to see Kilpatrick return to the squad. He’s solid offensively and defensively. I just hope that he’s with the team long enough to have an impact; he’s one of those guys who will likey get called up sooner rather than later.

Matt Pierce and Brett Robinson are both joining the squad from  Mercyhurst College, apparently there are 4 on the team now. Both averaged more than a point per game in their final season with Mercyhurst. Pierce did play 3 game for the ‘Clones in 08-09 posting 2 assists and 6 PIMs.

I really like the way things seem to be shaping up. So far there is a good mix of returning players and new guys. Last season things got off to a slow start and it really wasn’t until the guy from Fresno arrived that things got going; with the mix I see coming together I’ll be very surprised if the ‘Clones are slow from the gate again. There are still some big names out there that haven’t signed, one being Felix Petit, who the Cyclones qualified but haven’t signed yet. If he has made the strides to step his game from Juniors to the ECHL, I am looking forward to seeing what he can do once he gets into the swing of things.  In general there are a lot of players out there looking for work at this level after an off-season which saw so many teams fold.

-Mike-