Veteran defenseman Ratchuk signs with Cyclones

CINCINNATI – The Cincinnati Cyclones have signed defenseman Mike Ratchuk for the 2015-16 season. The ninth-year pro spent the last two seasons with the Wheeling Nailers.

The Cyclones are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators and the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals.

A second-round selection (42nd overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Ratchuk skated in 97 games with the Nailers over the past two seasons, accounting for 55 points (17g-38a). His 44 points (15g-29a) during the 2013-14 season set career highs in goals, assists and points and earned him a spot on the All-ECHL Second Team.

Ratchuk has seen time at various levels since turning pro in 2008, skating in the ECHL for Wheeling, Elmira and Florida, capturing the 2012 Kelly Cup title with the Everblades. He has also seen time with the Philadelphia and Adirondack Phantoms, Syracuse Crunch, and Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, and the Fort Wayne Komets of the Central Hockey League. He also spent a season with Ljubljana Olimpija HK in Austria. In 386 career professional games, the South Buffalo, N.Y. native has tallied 164 points (46g-118a).

Prior to turning pro, Ratchuk skated two seasons at Michigan State University, totaling 37 points (10g-27a) in 82 games. He was a also a member of the 2006-07 team that won the NCAA National Championship.