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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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It’s Fantasy Hockey Time at Tend The Farm!

It’s Fantasy Hockey Time at Tend The Farm!

Tend The Farm has started it’s very own fantasy hockey league for this coming NHL season! Take on the writers of TTF and other hockey fans to take home the bragging rights of the first season of TTF Fantasy Hockey! The draft will take place…

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Tend The Farm Stanley Cup Winner Picks: Final Edition (via the Writing Team)

Tend The Farm Stanley Cup Winner Picks: Final Edition (via the Writing Team)

Three Stanley Cup Playoff Rounds — with 16 teams in 88 games — have narrowed down the two teams for the Stanley Cup Final and your Tend the Farm Crew have now picked their favorites to take home the Cup. Who have you got for the win? The New York Rangers and the Los Angeles Kings have never met up in a Stanley Cup Final which will make this all the more interesting! Back in 1981, before most of you were even born (egads!), the two teams met in the first round with a Rangers 3-1 series win. And going back even earlier, way back in 1979, the two teams met again and the Rangers won all 3 games in a best-of-3 preliminary series. Hmm… there seems to be a trend here, don’t you think?

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Second Round Draft Picks And Beyond, How Many Have Lasted In The NHL?

Second Round Draft Picks And Beyond, How Many Have Lasted In The NHL?

Much has been said in Edmonton about the lack of players to graduate from the Oklahoma City Barons to the Oilers. The latest stoke of the fire came as Teemu Hartikainen opted to head overseas to Russia, this coming as he was a Restricted Free Agent and looking to gain a one-way contract with Edmonton.

The folks over at Copper & Blue are currently in the midst of their “Top 25 Under 25” countdown, with Hartikainen coming in at number 11. In their discussion, the point was made that the Oilers have only had two draftees – that weren’t drafted in the 1st round – play in 200 or more NHL games. That made me wonder how other teams throughout the NHL have done in that area as well.

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