CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced today that they have agreed to terms with defensemen Brett Wysopal and Drew Daniels for the 2013-14 season.
Wysopal, a LaGrange Park, Ill. native, will embark on his first professional season in North America this fall. A year ago, he collected 30 points (6g-24a) in 25 games and a +16 rating with Briancon in France. He also contributed five assists during four postseason games en route to the French Cup championship. Before playing overseas, the 25-year-old was a three-year letter winner with the Ferris State Bulldogs, where he amassed 45 points (7g-38a) in 121 career games. In 2011-12, he helped guide the Bulldogs to the CCHA regular-season title. While in school, he was a teammate of current Cyclone and former Bulldog Mike Embach.
Daniels, a Suffern, N.Y. native, comes to Cincinnati after beginning his pro career with the Allen Americans of the Central Hockey League a season ago. In 2012-13, he logged 63 games and posted 14 points (2g-12a). He also contributed a pair of assists in 12 playoff contests on the way to the CHL championship. Prior to turning pro, the 24-year-old was a three-year letter winner at Northeastern University, notching 24 points (7g-17a) in 104 career collegiate games. Daniels was selected in the seventh round (194th overall) by the San Jose Sharks in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.