Cyclones add pair of skilled forwards
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced 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 K-Wings, he totaled 45 points (13g-32a) in 65 games, finishing third on the team in points. Pacan also logged three games with the American Hockey League's Utica Comets. Pacan made his professional debut with the Cyclones in 2012-13, when he registered nearly a point per game (52 points in 57 games). A sixth-round selection (177th overall) of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Pacan also ranked second on the club during the Kelly Cup Playoffs that spring, notching 16 points (9g-7a) in 17 postseason contests.
Neal, a fifth-round selection (149th overall) of the Dallas Stars in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, comes to Cincinnati after spending 2013-14 with the Bakersfield Condors. In 56 games last season, the Whitby, Ontario native posted 32 points (16g-16a) along with 31 penalty minutes. Since tunring pro in 2009-10, the 25-year-old has skated in 268 ECHL games and compiled 119 points (46g-73a) along with 22 games and three goals in the AHL. In addition to the Condors, Neal has appeared for the Idaho Steelheads, Orlando Solar Bears and Las Vegas Wranglers, along with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. 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.