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A Record Setting Night!
January 6, 2013 | View Comments
What an unbelievable atmosphere last night at U.S. Bank Arena! The Clones welcomed in 12,228 for Throwback Night and Teddy Bear Toss Night - which set a regular season record for the club! What's even more impressive is that it will go down as the third largest crowd EVER to watch a Cyclones game at 100 Broadway since returning to ECHL play in 2006 - including playoffs!
Everyone that joined us should be commended...it was electric in there!
After the on-ice defeat last night, the Clones are headed down to Evansville today for the final game of the weekend. Here are some things you should be aware of today:
- Michael Houser is expected to get the start tonight...he's lived up to the hype so far - making some tremendous saves in his young pro career. Foster will backup. Hetenyi didn't make the trip.
- Josh Shalla has been recalled to the Milwauke Admirals...this is NOT, i repeat, NOT due to the potential ending of the NHL Lockout (more on that later). A player up there could be a game-time decision, forcing the Ads to add Shalla just in case.
- Mathieu Aubin got a bit banged up last night and didn't make the trip with the Cyclones today...the team has activated Andre Bouvet-Morrissette and added Paul Kirtland to fill the voids at forward. Morrissette has been on the 21-Day IR and is itching to get back out there.
- Chris Reed has quietly climbed up the list on the plus/minus charts...I've always said one of the most underrated stats in hockey is the plus/minus - especially for defensemen. It's a great gauge of how a guy is playing in even-strength situations. And Reed has been among the best. His +16 leads the team and ranks sixth in the ECHL.
- Really looking forward to welcoming in our new radio flagship tonight FM 100 The FAN (100.3 FM)! We'll be broadcasting most road games the rest of the year and all Kelly Cup Playoff games on Cincy's newest sports radio station! Pregame coverage of tonight's game starts at 5:40pm ET! Hope to have you listening!
Now it's time to address the NHL...we all knew that the lockout would end sometime...and it apparently is all but official. And with the top level of our game set to resume on January 19 (tentatively) the big question is how will if affect the Cyclones? Let me lay it out as best I know for now:
The Cyclones have the following prospects from the Florida Panthers: Anthony Luciani, John McFarland, David Pacan, Garrett Wilson, Brian O'Hanley, Brian Foster, Michael Houser
The Cyclones have the following prospects from the Nashville Predators: Andre Bouvet-Morrissette, Taylor Aronson, Anthony Bitetto, Josh McFadden (IR), Zoltan Hetenyi
With the NHL allowed to have a max roster size of 23...you have to consider how much movement from above would actually take place to determine who on the above "prospect" list would get plucked.
With both Scott Clemmensen and Jose Theodore in Florida, I'd doubt that the Cyclones would lose Foster or Houser right away. Perhaps for a short 5 day training camp...but that'd be it. As of today, Florida has 21 players on the active roster (including goalies) which would allow a couple of additional players to go up from San Antonio. I think, at most, you'd see two of the above Cyclones players head up (at least at first).
On the Nashville side, they have quite a few more players down in Milwaukee...so if anything, the Preds prospects would have the better chance of going up...but consider this: With Hetenyi the clear 5th goalie in the system, he's not gonna go up. That leaves Andre Bouvet-Morrissette, Taylor Aronson and Anthony Bitetto as the only other prospects on the Cyclones roster (not including Josh McFadden who is still on IR).
Nashville has 23 players listed on their roster (which is the max)...three of which are currently in Milwauke - Jonathan Blum, Ryan Ellis, and Gabriel Bourque. That's two defensemen and a forward.
Therefore...do the math. While there are still plenty of wild cards in terms of roster moves...the likely scenario is seeing maybe two or three Cyclones players go up. Perhaps four. But for those fans who incorrectly assume that it will be a mass exodus for Jarrod Skalde's team - you are mistaken.
Let me qualify this, though, by saying that we've heard nothing official one way or the other yet...so these are my initial thoughts based on available information.
I'll post updates as soon as I hear them...