CINCINNATI, OH – Remember when I said last week was the final round of player signings the Cyclones were pulling out before training camp opened?
The Cyclones rolled out three more signings on Wednesday, as well as officially announced seven players that will be attending camp on professional tryouts.
The first of the three actually has a bit of a connection to the Cyclones coming in. Forward Rob De Fulviis comes to Cincinnati to start his first full year of professional hockey after making his professional debut at the tail-end of last season, splitting five games between the Indy Fuel and Wheeling Nailers. De Fulviis played three years of collegiate hockey in the CIS at the University of Guelph from 2013-2016, where he was actually teammates with Nick Huard, who is returning for his second full season in Cincinnati. He’ll bring a bit of toughness and scoring to the Cyclones roster as in 78 total appearances with the Gryphons, De Fulviis accounted for 61 points (28 goals, 33 assists) and racked up 176 penalty minutes in the process.
Second on the list is another forward who comes in more than capable of putting the puck in the net with the addition of Greg Betzold. Betzold comes into the professional world after a very productive four years in the Ontario Hockey League with the Peterborough Petes; putting up at least 29+ points a season. Appearing in 244 contests with the Petes, he tallied 165 points (88 goals, 77 goals), including a career-high 43 goals just this past season. The one bleak spot in his game would be when you look at his plus/minus rating over those four seasons in Peterborough. He finished with a -27 over that period of time. However, looking at the Petes as a whole during Betzold’s time there, they were either a below .500 team or just barely hovering above .500, so I would consider that -27 to be a bit misleading.
Lastly, adding one final piece to the puzzle on the back-end, the Cyclones have signed defensemen, Mike Donnellan. Donnellan is an example of a guy that’s taken the scenic route getting to this stage in his career. He split the 2014-2015 season between the “infamous” Federal League with the Watertown Wolves, and the SPHL with the Huntsville Havoc. He also spent the bulk of last season in the SPHL with the Peoria Rivermen. In 62 total games at the “Single A” level of minor-pro hockey, Donnellan was good for 31 points (three goals, 28 assists). He made his ECHL debut last season as well, appearing in 10 games with the Missouri Mavericks. Donnellan also attended the Nashville Predators training camp along with Eric Knodel earlier this week on try-out agreements.
The Cyclones have also extended try-out agreements to seven players. Here’s the list along with some notes about each training camp invitee:
Taylor Fielding – Did not play anywhere last season. He most recently played during the 2014-2015 season at Brock University in the CIS, putting up 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in 25 games.
Brett Mackie – Spent the previous four seasons in the CIS at the University of Waterloo, tallying 77 points (31 goals, 46 assists) in 111 collegiate contests.
Joe Manno – Was an SPHL regular last season with the Fayetteville FireAntz. Tallied 38 points (21 goals, 17 assists) in 55 games and logged 107 penalty minutes.
Dylan Nowakowski – Spent last season between the College of St. Scholastica (NCAA Div. III) and the SPHL’s Huntsville Havoc. Put up six points (two goals, four assists) in eight professional games; is also under contract to return to Huntsville for the regular season.
Christian Powers – Played the past four seasons at Clarkson University (NCAA), accounting for 24 points (eight goals, 16 assists) throughout the course of 112 games.
John Schiavo – Attended the New York Islanders rookie camp last September. Spent the bulk of last season with the SPHL’s Macon Mayhem, tallying five points (one goal, four assists) in 14 games. Also appeared in five games with the Missouri Mavericks, accounting for one assist.
Frank Misuraca – Played the majority of last season at the University of Alabama-Huntsville (NCAA), scoring five points (one goal, four assists) in 34 games. Made his professional debut skating in five games with the SPHL’s Peoria Rivermen, tallying one assist.
All 25 players participating report to the Queen City on Friday for team orientation, with on-ice sessions starting bright and early Saturday morning ahead of next week’s preseason home-at-home with the Wheeling Nailers next Thursday and Friday.