How many ECHL'ers ever make the NHL?

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  1. LVIsles*

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    I know ECHL is below the AHL but just curious, I know the goalie of the team I just transplanted to(Las Vegas) just got signed to a AHL team after he got off the IR(though he is 30 years old) and I know the starting goalie of this team is doing pretty good (and he is only 23),,,I know ECHL'ers arent exactly prospects but I didnt know where to put this post
     
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    Too many to name. Many, many former ECHLers have made it to the NHL.

    Olaf Kolzig comes to mind immediately. Some lesser knows that I knew from the Toledo Storm were Darryl Bootland, Nathan Robinson, Barry Potomski, Alex Hicks.

    I am sure other people will add more names.
     
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    Michael Ryder is a good example of a player who took a long road to get to the NHL. He played in the ECHL for parts of a season, and that fact is often mentioned during a broadcast featuring the Canadiens. He's certainly come a long way, and that's why his rookie season was such a revelation.
     
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    Michael Ryder, of the Montreal Canadiens, who scored 25 goals as a rookie in the NHL and 30 goals last year, played a full year in the ECHL after finishing his junior career. He's a good example of someone who has turned himself into a legitimate top 6 NHL forward after starting his career in the ECHL. He was drafted in the 6th round by Montreal in 1996. He also played two full seasons in the AHL before graduating to the NHL.

    While he hasn't played an NHL game yet, 21-year-old Hamilton Bulldogs goalie Jaroslav Halak started last year in the ECHL before moving up to the AHL near the end of last season. He is now leading the AHL in save percentage, goals against, and shut-outs. Whether or not he develops a career in the NHL or not is still up for debate, but he's doing too well in the AHL for him not to at least get a look. He's a future watch graduate of the ECHL. He was drafted in the 9th round by Montreal in 2003.
     
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    Lots of goalies and fighters in the list.
     
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    Tim Thomas, Tomas Vokoun, David Aebischer, Andrew Brunette, Antti Laaksonen, to name a few.
     
  8. LVIsles*

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    ok thanks for all the info
     
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    Alexandre Burrows went undrafted, played two full seasons in the ECHL, then two in the AHL, and then made the Canucks.
     
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    Couple errors, Ryder never played a full season in the ECHL and it was parts of two seasons. He started his pro career in Quebec with the Citadelles, but he got sent down to get a couple games in, he played 5 games with Tallahassee of the ECHL. The next year he was back in Quebec but again wasn't getting ice time, so he got sent down early in the season. He played 20 games in the ECHL for the Sea Wolves, made the ECHL All Star's but never played in the game due to a callup to Quebec and he never was back in the ECHL again. He caught fire with Craig Darby and Jason Ward if I recall. So he played in a total of 25 games in the ECHL.

    The next year he again struggled to get ice time in Hamilton, as they were stacked (that's the best AHL I ever saw live, not that I see a ton of AHL teams live though) It was Claude Julien that asked GM Andre Savard to keep him in Hamilton instead of going back to the ECHL. Ryder didn't get much ice time early on but he often scored when he did play, so he made it impossible to sit him. What a year he went on to have, was really good in the playoffs along with Jason Ward.

    Ryder was also drafted in the 8th round, not the 6th, he went 216th overall.

    As for other players for the Habs, Halak should see the NHL at some point, he's got 8 SO's in the AHL in his first 26 starts. Francois Beauchemin played 7 games in the ECHL with the Sea Wolves during his first year as a pro. Gordie Dwyer played 36 games in the ECHL, 108 in the NHL, but that's the only Hab drafted players I can think of that saw any time in the ECHL and NHL.
     
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    All while leading the Canadian national ball hockey team to a world championship...

    Nothing but respect for that man!:handclap:
     
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    Alexander Auld also played in the East Coast Hockey League.
     
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    It is no longer the East Coast Hockey League eh, now it doesn't stand for anything.
     
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    off the current nashville roster alone, i can think of Vokoun and Fiddler. Possibly Scott Nichol as well.
     
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    Cédric Desjardins is goalie I expect to make an apperance in the NHL. He's putting up great numbers in his first year.
     
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    The Bruins have seemed to enjoy their fair share of ECHL goalies:
    Tim Thomas, Byron Dafoe, Robbie Tallas, Steve Shields, Peter Skudra, Paxton Schafer, and the first Bruins goalie I ever saw in live action, John Blue.
     
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    Mostly goalies, some defensemen and fourth line type forwards. Very few offensively skilled players.
     
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    pretty much only Andrew Burnette and Michael Ryder have come out had put up decent NHL numbers for forwards... i may have missed a couple though it is 5am :help:
     
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    Ruslan Fedotenko and Todd Fedoruk
     
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    Yes sadly, he's still in the NHL.
     
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    Most fo these guys are 3rd or 4th liners. 3rd pairing dmen and backup goalies. Most of them.
     

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