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Pacan Off to Quick Start In Pro Career
November 20, 2012 | View Comments
by Chuck Saffell - CyclonesHockey.com Reporter
In a season where the NHL lockout has impacted rosters throughout professional hockey, many ECHL teams are loaded with AHL talent. The Cyclones are no different in this regard. Several veteran players who would normally be showcasing their talents in Milwaukee or San Antonio are instead skating inside U.S. Bank Arena. However, it isn’t one of these veterans currently leading Cincinnati in points and assists, but rookie forward David Pacan. The Ottawa, Ontario native has tallied two goals and nine assists in his first 12 games.
The six-foot-three, 210 pound Pacan didn’t expect to make such an immediate impact on his new team. He credits his teammates for much of his early success and his transition to the pro game.
“The guys are great and help me out a lot,” said Pacan. “I room with (Mike) Pelech and I also sit next to (Mathieu) Aubin in the stalls. So those two guys have been really big influences on me. They help me out a lot and I have been really fortunate to have them around.”
Head coach Jarrod Skalde has been pleasantly surprised at what the 2009 sixth-round selection of the Chicago Blackhawks has been able to bring to the Cyclones.
“You are always unsure of a guy coming in and what their attributes are. He uses his size to his advantage, has a detailed game, and he has got an offensive touch he has shown early on with the points he has been getting,” stated Skalde. “I have been very pleased with the way he has been playing since he got here.”
Pacan also feels as though the quality of the coaching staff in Cincinnati has played a large role in quick start to his professional hockey career. Their honest approach toward the players has been a coaching style that has worked with the first-year forward.
“They tell it to you straight how you are doing. They have a lot of knowledge on the game. I love listening to them and trying to improve my game.”
While discussing the strengths of his game, Pacan said he thinks his versatility on the ice is one of the things he brings to the team.
“I think I make the smart decision. I protect the puck well. I say I am an all-around kind of a guy. I don’t fit one thing in particular. I feel I can play well offensively and defensively.”
Pacan will try to add to his team leading 11 points on Wednesday night at U.S. Bank Arena when the Cyclones take on the Toledo Walleye for the first time at home this season. The puck drops at 7:30 for Wet Wednesday / Largest Bar Night Pre-Party. Fans 21 and over can enjoy $1 PBR and Miller High Life all night long. Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the season on Facebook and Twitter (@CincyCyclones).