CINCINNATI, OH – We have now entered the final week of the off-season and AHL training camps are about to get underway. The Cincinnati Cyclones’ AHL affiliate in the Rochester Americans hit the ice today at 12:30pm EST to begin their camp that will have three Cyclones signees participating.
Goaltender Anthony Peters, defenseman Arvin Atwal, and forward Brandon McNally are each in western New York this morning to take part in the festivities. Atwal participated in Buffalo’s Prospect Challenge a couple weeks ago, and if you’re wondering if he’s changed any since the injury that made him miss the entire second half of last season… he hasn’t.
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In addition, forward Shane Walsh attended the Los Angeles Kings training camp. However, he was released and is expected be in Cincinnati for the start of their camp which will open next week.
Although not officially signed by the Cyclones, forward Shawn O’Donnell has been invited to camp with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. This is a good indicator that O’Donnell has re-upped with the Cyclones as they do hold his ECHL rights, and if he plays in the ECHL this season, it’ll be in Cincinnati.
Former Cyclones defensemen Jaynen Rissling and Saverio Posa were also invited to training camps in the AHL and NHL. Rissling, now signed with the Allen Americans, was signed to a professional tryout agreement by the San Jose Barracuda. Posa, who followed former Cyclones Assistant Coach Patrick Wellar to Reading, was invited to join the Montreal Canadians camp and is currently with their new AHL affiliate in the Laval Rocket.
Rochester plays two preseason games with the Toronto Marlies on Friday and Saturday nights, so Cyclones fans could possibly see some ECHL reassignments begin as early as Sunday morning. Cincinnati’s training camp schedule has yet to be released but practices will be held at the team’s practice rink at Northland Ice Center in Evendale due to the late ice installation at U.S. Bank Arena as the brand new glass is being installed as well. Based on past seasons, it is not anticipated that those practices will be open to the public.