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An Open Letter To The Arizona Coyotes, From OKC

An Open Letter To The Arizona Coyotes, From OKC

Hello Arizona Coyotes! My name is Eric Rodgers, and I wanted to reach out to your organization, in the event that the city council meeting with the City of Glendale happens to result in them kicking your team – their one and only main tenant – out of their arena. As much of a silly idea that they would do this, I want you and your team to know that there is another city that is full of hockey fans that would welcome your team with open arms, and that is right here in Oklahoma City.

Located just 14 hours east of your current building, Oklahoma City is a bright and vibrant city that, wouldn’t you know it, is now open to receiving a new hockey team. You see, our previous professional hockey team just left us for the west coast and we’re kind of sad at the fact that we won’t have any professional hockey this coming season. But that’s where you come in!

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The ECHL’s Wild West Central Division – February

The ECHL’s Wild West Central Division – February

One week into March and the Central Division playoff race is changing game to game as four teams battle it out for the last three spots in the division. The Allen Americans have distanced themselves far enough from the rest of the group that none of the teams below them can ever catch up, so don’t even worry about that number one spot. The rankings above are based on points gathered by each team as of March 7th, including their Maximum Points and Pace Points. This data is compiled using each team’s point percentage setting a team’s pace for the remainder of the season. These numbers can tell you a great deal about how your team is doing, however there are no guarantees at this point. No one team has been ruled out mathematically as yet, however for at least one, Brampton, the situation is dire since the team has already been eliminated by their current pace points.

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The ECHL’s Wild West Central Division – January

The ECHL’s Wild West Central Division – January

The Central Division Playoff Race Begins

At the end of January it is time to begin to take a closer look at the Central Division’s playoff race and the teams situation as it now stands. This data is compiled using each team’s point percentage setting a team’s pace for the remainder of the season. This can tell you a great deal about how your team is doing, but there are no guarantees at this point. No one team has been ruled out mathematically as yet, however for at least one, Brampton, the situation is dire.

Eric Rodgers has prepared the Central Division playoff numbers (MAX PTS & PACE PTS seen in the last 2 columns above) and provides an explanation:

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Call-ups in the Minor Leagues are all part of Player Development

Call-ups in the Minor Leagues are all part of Player Development

Every season fans in the Minor Leagues complain about call-ups from their teams and this is our advice to you: enjoy those call-ups and cheer on your players at a higher level. Someday you might just be able to say “I knew that guy when he played for my local ECHL club, and now’s he’s in the NHL!”

Call-ups are a part of life in the Minors — you can’t avoid it and it is best if you just accept how the entire NHL hockey development system works. It is designed to ultimately help the top tier of professional hockey, the National Hockey League. The NHL calls-up a player from the AHL, the AHL is then short-handed and calls-up a player from the ECHL. This same scenario also happens if a player is injured in the AHL — the team needs an extra player to fill that spot. It is no different than when an ECHL team signs an extra player to fill in a missing spot on their roster – you are calling up that player from the SPHL perhaps.

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The ECHL’s Wild West Central Division — December

The ECHL’s Wild West Central Division — December

Happy New Year to the ECHL’s new Central Division! In the past month we have seen some big surprises among the Central Division teams, primarily the Tulsa Oilers and their lackluster finish to 2014. The Quad City Mallards have leaped over Wichita to move into 2nd place, while Rapid City and Brampton have swapped places at the bottom of the Division. (Click to view October and November Division recaps.)

The Fort Wayne Komets are currently at the top of the ECHL league with a record of 23-6-1-0 (47 points). They are followed by the Florida Everblades and the Toledo Walleye with 45 points each, and the Central Division’s Allen Americans with 43 points. Allen also currently sits at the top of the Western Conference.

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THE ECHL’S WILD WEST CENTRAL DIVISION – November

THE ECHL’S WILD WEST CENTRAL DIVISION – November

Earlier we looked at the very small set of October’s games and this month we have a much better idea of how the former CHL teams, now the ECHL’s Central Division, are performing this season. The Allen Americans and Tulsa Oilers have been battling it out for the top spot the past week, while Wichita has jump-started their season to move up in the standings. Other teams such as Rapid City have fallen rapidly, struggling to stop their losing skid.

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