Anaheim already has the AHL’s San Diego Gulls as an affiliate, so this gives the organization a second team to work with.
Many of the Ducks’ prospects spent some time with the Oilers last season, including: center Brent Gates, defenseman Hunter Drew and goalie Olle Eriksson Ek. With the Gulls roster being full, the younger players get more ice time with Tulsa, than they would playing in the AHL.
Going into the NHL’s 2019-20 season, there were 57 players with ECHL experience on opening day rosters. Some of the bigger names who played in the ECHL prior to making the jump to the NHL include: Former Ducks’ defenseman Francois Beauchemain, Dan Girardi, Alex Burrows, Jonathan Quick and Brayden Holtby.
With Anaheim in a rebuild, this move gives GM Bob Murray another avenue to get prospects meaningful ice time.
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