CINCINNATI, OH – The Cyclones injected a bit of an offensive punch into their line-up on this player signing Wednesday with the addition of former rival, Jordan Sims, who spent parts of the past two seasons with the Evansville IceMen, a team Cincinnati got to become very familiar with over the past several years.
In the Cyclones Official Release: head coach Matt Macdonald stated “We are pleased to announce the signing of Jordan Sims. We were fortunate to see him play a lot the last two years and are excited for him to be a part of our team next season. He is a player that has the ability to contribute offensively as well as shut down teams defensively, and he also has great skating abilities to go along with a great work ethic and high character.”
A native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and son of former IceMen and Fort Wayne Komets head coach, Al Sims, Jordan appeared in 64 games with the IceMen throughout the 2015-2016 campaign, finishing second on the team in scoring with 46 points (17 goals, 29 assists). One of the more impressive notes on his season in Evansville: He led the team on the plus/minus scale with a +18 rating on the year. To finish with a +18 on an IceMen team that spent the better portion of the season in the basement of the standings is definitely something to write home about. In the late stages of the year, he also earned his first AHL call-up to the San Jose Barracuda, picking up an assist in two appearances.
He made his professional debut during the 2014-2015 season, splitting the year between the ECHL and SPHL. Sims started the year with the Peoria Rivermen, picking up 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) in 33 SPHL contests. He split his rookie time in the ECHL between the IceMen and Idaho Steelheads, picking up six points (two goals, four assists) in 19 games.
Prior to turning pro, from 2010-2014, he spent his collegiate career at the University of Connecticut, skating in 146 games with the Huskies, picking up 101 points (36 goals, 65 assists).
In a brief conversation with newly named Cyclones Assistant Coach, Patrick Wellar yesterday, it sure sounds like a brand new team will be hitting U.S. Bank Arena ice in October. Despite losing 10 guys to Europe and a couple others to other ECHL teams, things seem to be taking shape quite nicely. This is a signing that has me pretty pumped just typing this.
Looking at his stats, Sims’ assist totals are a lot higher than his goal totals. Sound familiar at all? It should. He sounds an awful lot like Andrew Yogan, who signed on in Austria last month for the 2016-2017 season. This could be a diamond in the rough find for Macdonald in company if that analogy holds true and Sims does indeed turn to be the new Yogan.
Nine signings in, here’s how things are looking roster wise in Cincinnati as of now:
Goalies (1): Steve Racine
Defensemen (3): Arvin Atwal, Craig Dalrymple, and Sam Posa
Forwards (5): Zach Schroeder, Jordan Sims, Nick Huard, Dominic Zombo, and Kenny Ryan
Get a team-by-team breakdown of all the player movement in the ECHL by visiting our transactions page at thesinbin.net/2016-echl-transactions.
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