On Wednesday afternoon, the Cincinnati Cyclones announced they have agreed to terms with rookie defenseman, Steve Weinstein. Weinstein just wrapped up his senior year at Bentley University, where he tallied five goals, and 18 assists, in 35 games during his senior year in 2014-2015, along with appearing in the three games to break into the Professional game with the AHL’s Springfield Falcons. He picked up a single assist during the trio of AHL contests. Overall, he had a pretty successful collegiate career. During his four seasons with Bentley, Weinstein tallied a grand total of 104 points, and for a defenseman, that is pretty damn impressive.
The defensive zone was not a strong point for the Cyclones last season, and this signing is a step in the right direction. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, don’t expect many to return from last season. This is a rebuilding year so expect a brand new team with a whole lot of new faces.
I also stated in an earlier post, that this season, we will get out first glimpse at a true Matt Macdonald team as the 2014-2015 squad was basically a Ben Simon team under Macdonald’s system. Well, so far, I’m dead on with that as all three of the signings so far were Macdonald signings, and weren’t brought in by Simon. That era is over. The team is moving on without Rob Madore and without Josh Shalla. I’m sure that list will grow even bigger by October.
I have a feeling we’re not done just yet with player signings this week. If you’re on Instagram, and follow University of Cincinnati Ice Hockey, they dropped the ball a bit early on what will be coming later this week. I’ll leave you today with this little tidbit, which was sent to me yesterday…