Eric Knodel (D)
||West Chester, PA
BIO: The 6-6, 225-pound blueliner skated in 58 games last season and led the Cyclones in defenseman scoring with eight goals and 20 assists, and was tied for third with a plus-seven on-ice rating. He was one of the ECHL’s top defensemen at the midway point of the season, and for his efforts he was awarded a spot in the 2017 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic in Glens Falls. He also took part in the All-Star Hardest Shot competition, where he finished in second place with a shot of 96mph.
Knodel split the 2015-16 season between the Utah Grizzlies and the American Hockey League’s (AHL) San Diego Gulls. In 56 games with the Grizzlies, Knodel accounted for 22 points (7g, 15a), along with 16 penalty minutes and a plus-7 on-ice rating. He skated in four games with the Gulls, however did not record a point. The West Chester, PA, native split the 2014-15 season with the Orlando Solar Bears and the AHL’s Toronto Marlies. In 57 combined games that year, Knodel accounted for five goals and 22 assists along with a plus-16 on-ice rating. He began his pro career in 2014 with the Marlies, following completion of his collegiate career. He dished out a pair of assists in 10 games.
Prior to turning pro, Knodel spent four seasons at the University of New Hampshire, and was named captain during his season year in 2013-14. In 116 games for the Wildcats, he accounted for 20 goals and 41 assists for 61 total points, including a career-high 28 (7g, 21a) during his senior year.