In this edition of Get To Know A Cyclone, we focus on Cincinnati third-year pro Byron Froese -- pronounced Fraise -- who is the ECHL's second-leading scorer, behind Aces captain Nick Mazzolini and owns 7-17--24 totals in 18 games, which means he's good at hockey.
Froese played his final season of major junior hockey with the Western Hockey League's Red Deer Rebels in 2010-11 when he tied for ninths in the league in goals with 43 and racked 43-38--81 totals in 70 games. More importantly, he led the circuit with 24 power-play strikes. The Blog's keen hockey instincts tell him Froese has a good shot and that season probably benefited greatly from teammate Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, whose 48 power-play assists were 10 more than any other WHL dude.
Also, Froese that season was teammates with current Alaska Aces rookie winger Turner Elson.
Froese, 23, is in the third year of an NHL deal with the Chicago Blackhawks -- the Hawks selected him 119th overall, in the fourth round, in 2009 -- and will be a restricted free agent in the summer. He has played 94 games in the AHL. And we have it on good authority that the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, who furnished the Cyclones with 11-10--21 totals in 25 regular-season games is a good dude.
Froese in a 5-3 loss to the Aces in Friday's Game 1 of the ECHL's Kelly Cup Finals, Froese furnished one assist, a +1 rating, four shots on goal and six penalty minutes. He's centering a line with Josh Shalla on his left wing and Zach Budish on his right.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com