CINCINNATI, OH – After the first player signing announcement last week with the re-signing of forward, Nick Huard, the Cincinnati Cyclones have now begun adding to the defensive side of things by signing rookie defenseman, Arvin Atwal, for the 2016-2017 season.
This will be the Delta, British Columbia native’s first professional season. He spent all of the past five seasons in one of the Canadian junior leagues known as the Western Hockey League between the Vancouver Giants and Lethbridge Hurricanes.
Atwall will be bringing a mixture of offense and physicality to the Cincinnati blue line as he racked up 39 assists, and 50 points total in 71 appearances last season. Simultaneously, he accumulated for 285 penalty minutes in 230 total games throughout his junior career.
In the Cyclones official release, head coach Matt Macdonald stated “Arvin is starting his first pro season after a solid junior career. He is a big, solid, physical defenseman who has shown the ability to contribute both offensively and defensively. He has the potential of being an important piece of our defensive core.”
Sound familiar? It should. The scouting report on Atwal is awfully similar to what we were told about Jonathan Diaby before he turned pro a couple seasons ago.
This signing also comes with a bit of concern. In an article from August 2015 out of Vancouver, Atwal reportedly had a few off-ice issues. The article cites he “was told by then coach Claude Noel to stay away from the team for several days near the end of last season for discipline issues” and that “it wasn’t his first such infraction during his time with Vancouver.”
Obviously, some time has passed since then so hopefully the “young and dumb” card can be played and none of this will follow him to Cincinnati as he has the potential to be a top tier rookie in the ECHL.