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12-12-2003, 03:58 AM
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The jump form the AHL to the NHL is a larger jump than alot of people think. Also the jump between the ECHL and the AHL is a similiarly large jump.

The biggest difference, imo, is the speed. You can carve out a nice career in the AHL if you have some decent level of skill, but not a great amount of speed, but you will die a quick death at the NHL level. Mike Ribiero is a good example of this. If he was to spend an entire year in the AHL, at this point in his career, he would probablely win the scoring race by 30 points or so, because of his high level of skill and his mediocre skating speed would not be much of a hamper.

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