It looks as if Zach Budish will still remain relatively close in the organization. The 24-year old right winger just signed an ECHL contract with the Cincinnati Cyclones for the 2015-16 season. Budish has played his entire professional career to this point within the Nashville Predators organization after being selected in the second round of the 2009 NHL Draft. He has played a role with both the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL and Cyclones in the ECHL and is coming off of his most productive season to date.
Press Release via Cincinnati Cyclones:
CINCINNATI, OH- The Cincinnati Cyclones have signed forward Zach Budish for the 2015-2016 season. The 24-year-old skated in 30 games for Cincinnati last season, however spend the bulk of the year with the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Milwaukee Admirals.
“Zach is a player we have seen in the past two years at times, and he always bring a great work ethic,” said Cyclones Head Coach Matt MacDonald. “He has been a player we have leaned on in all situations, and we know he brings a lot to our team both offensively and defensively. He’s also a player who will compete every day, and brings the character and attitude we want in our organization.”
Drafted in the second round by the Nashville Predators in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Budish accounted for eight goals and 15 assists while in a Cyclones uniform last season. His offensive presence was felt early and often, as he registered a four-point outing (1g, 3a) on November 22 against Kalamazoo, and put together a pair of five-game point streaks from December 3-13 (2g, 3a), and December 27-January 23 (4g, 2a). The Edina, MN, native also saw action in 43 games for Milwaukee, totaling six goals and eight assists.
Budish split time between Cincinnati and Milwaukee in 2013-14 as well, skating in 16 games with the ‘Clones and accounting for three goals and six assists. He spent the first half of the season with the Admirals where he saw an identical stat line of three goals and six assists.
Prior to turning pro in 2013, Budish enjoyed a successful collegiate career at the University of Minnesota, where he amassed 94 points (35g, 59a) over four seasons, and served as team captain during his senior year in 2012-13.
The countdown to the 2015-16 First Face-Off is underway! The Cyclones will return to U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday, October 17 when they host the Toledo Walleye at 7:30pm. Between now and then, be on the lookout for several offseason events like Meijer Concrete Clones! 2015-16 Season Ticket Packages are available NOW! Call 513.421.PUCK to reserve your seats. Fans can also get the latest team updates throughout the offseason on Facebook, Twitter (@CincyCyclones), and Instagram!
In 2014-15, Budish split time between the AHL and ECHL but it was his time with the Cyclones that really helped vault him into the Admirals lineup until season’s end. He produced 23 points (8 goals, 15 assists) in 30 games for the Cyclones and then 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 43 games for the Admirals. It was -again- his best pro season yet and his solid work could also be found away from the rink. Budish was voted the Milwaukee Admirals 2014-15 Man of the Year for his contributions to the local community.
Being that this is an ECHL deal it would take a loan move or for the Admirals to buyout Budish’s contract from the Cyclones before you see him again in Milwaukee. Should he put all the pieces together as he did in Cincinnati at the start of last season there’s no reason to believe that couldn’t happen. It’ll be nice having Mr. Big Head back under our ECHL affiliate’s banner.