CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones announced that they have renewed their affiliation agreement with the Nashville Predators for the 2014-15 season.
The Nashville Predators, who will participate their 16th NHL season this fall, have served as one of the Cyclones parent clubs since the 2007-08 season. In that span, former Cyclones forwards Mark Van Guilder, Chris Mueller and Kevin Henderson, along with goaltenders Magnus Hellberg and Mark Dekanich, have all made their NHL debuts with the Predators.
Forward Josh Shalla, a fourth-round selection of the Predators in the 2011 Entry Draft and ECHL All-Star a year ago, tied for the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoff lead in goals (11) and ranked sixth in points (17), while Zach Budish, a second-round pick in 2009, tied for third among rookies in goals (6), and for fifth among first-year players in points (11) during the 2014 ECHL playoffs. Taylor Aronson, a third-round pick by Nashville in the 2010 Draft, ranked among the Top 10 defensemen in both points (7a) and assists during the 2014 postseason run after tying for third among ECHL defensemen in assists (32), ranking seventh among league blue liners in points (38), and tying for fourth among all ECHL skaters in plus/minus rating (+28) during the 2013-14 regular season. Hellberg (second round, 2011) was also part of the Cyclones postseason roster.
"We look forward to continuing to work with such a class organization that creates a winning environment for our players to develop," said Predators Assistant General Manager Paul Fenton. "Led by Ben Simon, the Cyclones have been a model of consistency the past seven seasons and have been critical to the success of the Milwaukee Admirals and the Nashville Predators."
"We are excited to again be affiliated with Nashville and Milwaukee," said Cyclones Head Coach Ben Simon. "They have done a tremendous job of providing us with great players and good kids who we take pride in helping develop to the next level. I look forward to working with Paul Fenton and the rest of Nashville’s staff next year."
At the American Hockey League (AHL) level, the Cyclones will again be affiliated with Milwaukee Admirals – which serves as Nashville’s top minor league club. Milwaukee finished with a 39-24-13 record this past season, placing sixth in the Western Conference and earning a bid in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the 12th consecutive year. 10 Cincinnati players saw time with the Admirals in 2013-14, playing a combined total of 115 games.