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03-14-2013, 03:46 PM
Jackets Woodchuck
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Originally Posted by CrazyEddie20 View Post
The simple fact is this: the CHL is not the same level of play as the ECHL. If you call the CHL Class-AA, you're deluding yourself.

Sure, there are players in the CHL that can play in the ECHL. But the talent gap from top line to 10th forward, top pair to sixth D, best goaltender in the league to worst is MUCH, MUCH wider in the CHL than in the ECHL. Second line forwards in the CHL can't play in the ECHL, same with second pair D and about 65% of the goaltenders. It's just reality.

Teams know that if they want to develop prospects at the Class-AA level, they affiliate in the ECHL, where prospects will play against comparable talent on a nightly basis. If they don't give a rip about developing guys, they'll send them to the CHL, where they can develop bad habits against lesser talent that will lead to them being unable to contribute to organizational depth.
Is it a bad sign about organizational depth if PTO signings are almost equal in number to callups from the AA affiliate?

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