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Cyclones add pair of skilled forwards to 2014-15 roster
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Cincinnati Cyclones, proud affiliate of the NHL's Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced today that they have agreed to terms with forwards David Pacan and Michael Neal for the 2014-15 season.
Pacan, a 23-year-old Ottawa, Ontario native, returns to the Queen City after spending the bulk of last season in the ECHL with the Kalamazoo Wings. While with the Wings, he totaled 13 goals and 32 assists in 65 games, finishing third on the team in points. Pacan also logged three tilts with the Utica Comets, but did not register a tally. Pacan made his professional debut with the Cyclones in 2012-13, when he registered nearly a point per game (52 points in 57 games). The former Chicago Blackhawks sixth round draft pick also ranked second on the club during the Kelly Cup Playoffs that spring, notching 16 points (9 goals, 7 assists) in 17 postseason contests.
"David is a big man who has proven that he can contribute at both ends of the ice at the ECHL level," said Cyclones Head Coach Ben Simon. "He is familiar with the Cyclones as well and understands the expectations of our hockey team and organization. We played him a lot last year when he was with Kalamazoo and know the type of player he is and what he is capable of doing on the ice."
Neal, a fifth round choice by the Dallas Stars in 2007, comes to Cincinnati after spending 2013-14 on the west coast with the Bakersfield Condors. In 56 games last season, the Whitby, Ontario native posted 16 goals and 16 assists along with 31 penalty minutes. Since going pro in 2009-10, the 25-year-old has skated in 268 ECHL games and compiled 119 points (46 goals, 73 assists) along with 22 games and three goals at the AHL level. In addition to the Condors, Neal has appeared for the Idaho Steelheads, Orlando Solar Bears, Las Vegas Wranglers, and Texas Stars (AHL). Prior to joining the pro ranks, he was a four-year player in the OHL, seeing time with the Belleville Bulls and Sarnia Sting. His older brother, James Neal, is a forward for the Nashville Predators and former NHL All-Star with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"Mike is another big body who has great experience as a professional," said Simon, "He is a veteran who can be used in a variety of situations. He competes hard and will be looked to provide leadership both on and off the ice for the Cyclones."