Cyclones agree to terms with Birkholz

Cincinnati Cyclones, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Josh Birkholz for the 2013-14 season.

Birkholz, a Maple Grove, Minn. native, was one of the Cyclones’ top rookies a year ago. The 22-year-old finished fifth among first-year Cincinnati players with 19 points (11g-8a) in 47 regular-season games. In the postseason, the six-foot-one-inch forward contributed two goals and an assist in nine contests. A third-round selection (67th overall) of the Florida Panthers in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Birkholz also logged four games in the American Hockey League with San Antonio.

Prior to turning pro, Birkholz enjoyed a three-year career in the Western Hockey League, along with one season of college hockey. Overall, he recorded 128 points (73g-55a) in 229 amateur games.