The news just keeps on pouring in today. Earlier Wednesday morning, the Cincinnati Cyclones announced they have added another rookie, this time in the form of Ryan Misiak who had a very successful four-year collegiate career.
From the Cyclones Official Release:
“CINCINNATI, OH- The Cincinnati Cyclones have signed defenseman Ryan Misiak for the 2015-2016 season. Misiak comes to Cincinnati after a productive four-year collegiate career at Mercyhurst University.
“Ryan brings a lot to this team, and he is a great skating defenseman with a high hockey IQ,” said Cyclones Head Coach Matt MacDonald. “His ability to make plays in tough situations makes him stand out from a lot of players, and he also has the unique ability to play both forward and defense, which will be extremely valuable through out the season.”
Hailing from Shelby Township, MI, Misiak, who converted to defense just one game into his senior season last year, led all Laker defensemen in scoring, accounting for eight goals and 16 assists, and earning All-Atlantic Hockey Association Second Team honors.
The 23-year-old skated the first three years of his college career as a forward, ranking in the top three on the team in scoring during both his sophomore and junior seasons. In 156 career games at Mercyhurst, Misiak accounted for 45 goals and 74 assists for 119 total points.
He signed an Amateur Try-Out agreement (ATO) at the conclusion of last season with the Reading Royals, appearing in four games.
“We are happy to have a player of his style, and believe he has the capabilities to make an impact in his first full pro season,” said MacDonald.”
Another solid signing for Coaches Matt Macdonald and Cam Keith. Like I’ve said many times before, this is a rebuilding year, and the moves that have been made have been steps in the right direction.
With the addition of Misiak, there are five players officially signed with forwards Christiaan Minella and Nick Huard, as well as a pair of Defensemen in Steve Weinstein, and Cody Carlson already on board. Youth has definitely been a theme this off-season, as every player signed so far is 24 or under with the exception of 30 year old, Minella.
I’ve had a few fans come up to me with concern about what the upcoming season could entail with little to no returnees from last season. It’s the nature of the beast. There is so much movement in the ECHL, very rarely are you going to see the same players in the same place, and unfortunately, Cincinnati is getting hit the hardest by this. With a dismal 2014-2015 season, the Cyclones need to clean house and start with a clean slate for the 2015-2016 season and I feel they’re doing just that and have made the correct moves.
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