CINCINNATI, OH – The Cincinnati Cyclones got another boost from their AHL affiliation with the Rochester Americans on Tuesday morning with the announcement that forwards Vaclav Karabacek and Daniel Muzito-Bagenda are both on their way to Cincinnati from the Amerks.
Karabacek is entering his second year in professional hockey after spending most of his rookie campaign last year in Rochester. In 23 games with the Amerks, he put up eight points, good for three goals and five assists. He also saw nine games in the ECHL with the Elmira Jackals and accounted for over a point-per-game with 11 points (five goals, six assists). He earned a reserve spot on the 2017 ECHL All Star Game in Glens Falls as Elmira’s representative.
He also spent three years in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League between the Gatineau Olympiques, Baie-Comeau Drakkar, and the Moncton Wildcats. In 171 junior appearances, he put up 117 points (56 goals, 61 assists). Karabacek has also represented his native country of the Czech Republic in multiple International-Junior tournaments at the U18, U17, and U16 levels.
Muzito-Bagenda also enters his second full year as a professional. He spent last year solely with the Amerks. In 61 American Hockey League contests with Rochester, he put up 15 points, good for nine goals and six assists.
He spent one year in the Canadian junior ranks in the Ontario Hockey League with the Mississauga Steelheads. In 63 OHL appearances, Muzito-Bagenda scored 37 points (20 goals, 17 assists). Similar to Karabacek, he has also represented his homeland of Sweden at International-Junior and World Junior tournaments at the U18, and U17 levels.
After releasing forwards Stephen Pietrobon and Ray Pigozzi from their tryouts, as well as releasing defenseman Jordan Henderson yesterday, the training camp roster is now back to 27. ECHL opening night rosters are due to the league by 3pm EST Wednesday afternoon, and that 27 has to be cut down to 21 (teams are also allowed two reserve spots).