As I’ve stated before numerous times, defense wasn’t exactly the Cyclones’ strongest point last season. On Wednesday afternoon, the team made another terrific move in strengthening the d-zone with the addition of Cody Carlson.
From the Cyclones’ official release:
CINCINNATI, OH- The Cincinnati Cyclones have signed defenseman Cody Carlson for the 2015-2016 season. Carlson returns to the United States after playing last season in Europe.
“Cody is a solid, hard-nosed defenseman who has played and done well in the ECHL before,” remarked Cyclones Head Coach Matt MacDonald. “He prides himself on being tough to play against and playing the game the right way. He will add experience along with physicality to our back end.”
A native of Victoria, BC, Carlson skated in 44 games with Peiting EC in Germany last season, accounting for nine goals and 33 assists, for 42 points. He was also tied for third on the team with 60 penalty minutes.
The 24-year-old is no stranger to the ECHL, having split time with the Gwinnett Gladiators, Utah Grizzlies, and the now-defunct San Fransisco Bulls during the 2012-2013 season. In 43 games that season, Carlson accounted for five goals and 19 assists, for 24 points.
Prior turning pro, Carlson enjoyed a successful Major Junior career in the Western Hockey League, suiting up for the Medicine Hat Tigers, Regina Pats, and Prince George Cougars. In 305 WHL games over the course of six seasons, Carlson accounted for 25 goals and 110 assists for 135 points.
No doubt this guy will definitely help out defensively. One of the biggest thing the Cyclones lacked was physicality, which allowed the opposition to crash the net at will, and Carlson will help establish that physical presence along with re-signed Cyclones forward, Christiaan Minella. And for a smaller guy, Carlson can scrap. Carlson is around Rob Madore size, if not, just slightly shorter and he can feed some hay-makers. Here’s just a small sample of what Cody Carlson can do when dropping the mits
If you want to see more, which I heavily recommend, all you have to do is Youtube “Cody Carlson Hockey Fights”, grab a snack, and enjoy watching what this guy will be doing for the Cyclones come October.
So far, I’m impressed with what the Cyclones have done this off-season. With players still to be announced, the ones they have announced have been quality talent. I think I speak for everybody here, but nobody wants to repeat last season. And the moves that have been made so far will definitely call for an improved Cincinnati Cyclones team. We are just 87 days away from opening night with training camp just about 2 months away. A lot can happen between then and now; hopefully this is just the beginning of more good news to come!