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05-01-2013, 08:57 AM
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An expansion team wouldn't have a boatload of prospects immediately. Only one drafts worth who unless they take overagers wouldn't be AHL eligible. They'd get 26 players in an expansion draft so 5 would be in the AHL likely. They would likely also pick up a couple fringe players to not take some unprotected players. So I would guess they use an ECHL team or share an AHL team with a team who has crap for prospects for a couple seasons while they sign college/undrafted UFAs to try and fill a team.

In the past Columbus immediately affiliated with Syracuse though and they ended up having nobody who would play a true role for the Jackets on that first year team and Darche is the only one who became an NHLer. I really don't think an expansion team needs an AHL team immediately, as all it is is financial loss for no reason. You aren't going to be developing **** the first season.

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