On Friday there was a huge announcement in regards to the ECHL season! The ECHL has a return to play plan with 13 teams beginning December 11th, 12 beginning January 15th – pending jurisdiction approval, and the Atlanta Gladiators going dark for the season. Friday also marked the opening of NHL Free Agency, so you should see your favorite AHL/NHL teams begin to sign players that will impact ECHL rosters. Below are the updated rosters, players headed overseas, and players that are Free Agents from Atlanta.

*- denotes signed contract before heading overseas or retiring

Players Signed: Derek Nesbitt, Malcolm Hayes, Zach Yoder, Sean Bonar, Grant Frederic, Anthony Collins, Nolan LaPorte, Logan Nelson, Michael Pelech, Jack Suter, Bryce Reddick, Cody Sylvester, Luke Nogard, Avery Peterson, Robbie Hall, Chris Forney, Tommy Besinger, Greg Campbell, Josh Thrower, Nick Bligh

Qualifying Offers: Zachary Malatesta and Eric Neiley

Teams starting December 11th will be playing a 72 game schedule.

Players Signed: Spencer Asuchak, Jared Vanwormer, Braylon Shmyr, Joshua Lammon, Les Lancaster, Cody Corbett, Corey Durocher, Cole Fraser, Patrick Watling, Zane Franklin, Nolan Kneen, Ben Carroll, Jared Bethune, Colton Heffley, Olivier Archambault, Chris Nell

Qualifying Offers: Turner Ottenbreit, Kayle Doetzel, Jacob Doty, Brett Pollock, Jordan Topping and Gabriel Gagne

Players Signed: Brien Diffley*, Joe Masonius, Garrett Thompson, Karl El-Mir, Luke Ripley, Patrick Polino, Gage Torrel, Tim Davison, Nick Jermain, Ryan Zuhlsdorf, Curtis Leonard, Hayden Hawkey, Evan Weninger, Chris Carlisle

Qualifying Offers: Ryan Black, Adam Larkin, Travis Howe, Jimmy Lodge

Players Signed: John McCarron, Micheal Neville, Cam Johnson, Joe Pendenza, Kyle Neuber, Ben Masella, Blake Winiecki, Cody Sol, Michael Downing, Darik Angeli, Levko Koper, Jake Clifford, Logan Roe, Jared Thomas, Stephen Baylis, Theo Calvas, Nolan Gluchowski

Qualifying Offers: Patrick McCarron, and Michael Huntebrinker

Players Signed: Alex Rauter, Joe Sullivan, Cody Payne, Charles Williams, Tim Shoup, Derian Plouffe, Connor McDonald, Matthieu Foget, Jake Ryczek, Thomas Ebbing, Patrick McGrath, Colton Leiter, Dan Bakala, David Broll, Willie Raskob

Qualifying Offers: Keoni Texeira, Craig Wyszomirski, Bobby MacIntyre, Spencer Watson, Michael Doherty and Ryan Van Stralen

Players Signed: Brendan Warren, Ian McKinnon, Abbott Girduckis, Jared Hilderman, Adam Dauda, Kevin McKernan, Nathan Perkovich, Jacob Cederholm, Wacey Rabbit, Cameron Critchlow, Dalton Thrower

Qualifying Offers: Trey Phillips, Mitch Jones, Jack Glover, Chase Lang, Everett Clark

Players Signed: Luke Bafia, Tommy Muck, Loren Ulett, Justin Woods, Cole Candella, Bryan Lemos, Ryan Cook, C.J. Eick, Austin Farley, Dylan Fitze, Robbie Holmes, Spencer Naas, Charlie O’Connor, Anthony Florentino, Phil Marinaccio, Marcus Crawford, Justin Kapelmaster, Matt Schmalz, Brendan Robbins, Rob Bordson, Dylan Malmquist

Qualifying Offers: Michael Parks, Jack Walker and Sam Kurker

Players Signed: Trevor Olson*, Chris LeBlanc, Tommy Panico, Paul Meyer, Kevin Lohan, Alexander Kuqali, Peter MacArthur, Johno May, Richie Boyd, Michael Lackey, Tad Kozun, Matt Alvaro, Kylar Hope, Michael Brodzinski, Jake Coughler, Luke McInnis, Tyler Bird, Adam Rockwood, Taylor Cammarata

Qualifying Offers: Clint Windsor, Cody Donaghey, Brandon Anselmini, Brent Pedersen, and Hunter Fejes

Players Signed: Tyler Coulter, Cedric Montminy, Adam Carlson, Gordon Defiel, Adam Carlson, Mark Auk, Mike Hedden, Tayler Thompson, Tanner Karty, Gabe Chabot, Joey Sides, Peter Quenneville, Shawn Boutin, Jake Wahlin, Gary Haden, Hayden Lavigne, Griffin Luce, Colin Saccoman, Garrett Klotz, Eric Israel, Kyle Froese, Bo Bauer

Qualifying Offers: Tyler Parks, Chris Leibinger, Josh Elmes, Stephane Legault, Brennan Saulnier, Darian Romanko and Dante Salituro

Players Signed: Andrew Cherniwchan, Tim Harrison, Cameron Askew, Jordan Klimek, Jade Miller, Frederic Letourneau, Max Gottlieb, Connor Moore, Jesse Lees, Justin Florek, Tariq Hammond, Dan DeSalvo, Darien Craighead, Max Novak, Nick Saracino, Jesse Lees

Qualifying Offers: Tom Parisi, Neal Goff, Jaynen Rissling, Max Novak, Branden Troock, Mark Cooper, Dylan Steman

Players Signed: Charlie Sampair, Devin Williams, Joey Colatarci, Dean Balsamo, Danny Moynihan 

Qualifying Offers: Cam Knight, Miles Liberati, Jake Bolton, Jack Nevins and Cory Ward

Players Signed: Austin Beaulieu, Mitch Maxwell, Jared Pike, Yuri Terao, Matt Hoover, Edwin Hookenson, Alex Lepkowski, J.C. Brassard, Brayden Gelsinger, Jack Jenkins, Brad Barone, Christian Horn,

Qualifying Offers: Martin Ouellette, Connor Yau and Griffen Molino

Players Signed: Alec Butcher, Brad Drobot, Marc-Olivier Duquette, Jeremy Beaudry*, Luke Lynch, Andrew Gaus, Shane Zumeski, Will Smith, Kyle McKenzie, Chad Duchesne, Cody Bradley, Tyler Drevitch, Dylan MacPherson, Nick Minerva

Qualifying Offers: Steve Johnson, Chad Duchesne, Josh Holmstrom and Cam Brown

Players Signed: Peter Crinella, Jay Dickman, Spender Dorowicz, Alex Berardinelli, Austin Albrecht, Cam Clarke, Billy Exell, Garrett Schmitz, Shaquille Merasty, Anthony Beauregard, Lane Bauer

Qualifying Offers: Mitch Gillam, Jacob Graves, Sean Allen, Patrik Parkkonen, Jason Salvaggio and Fabrizio Ricci

Teams starting January 15th will play a 62 game schedule.

Players Signed: Matt Salhany, Mike Szmatula, Charles Curti, Alexandre Carrier, Ryan Walker, Alex Sakellaropoulos, Ara Nazarian, Steven Ruggiero, Blake Thompson, John Edwardh, Nick Hutchinson, Tommy Parran, Mathieu Brodeur, Nick Rivera, Ryan Smith, Alex Jaeckle, Josh French

Qualifying Offers: Kelly Summers, Jake Linhart, James Phelan, Conor Riley, and Robbie Payne

Players Signed: Cam Bakker, Patrick Megannety, Justin Valentino, Slater Doggett, Aaron Berisha, Cameron Heath, Brenden Miller, Derek Topatigh, Tommy Hughes, Jackson Leef, Erik Bradford, Jake Bricknell, Jared Gomes

Qualifying Offers: Rob Mann, T.J. Melancon, Chris Martenet, Nathan Todd, Dan Leavens

Players Signed: Justin Vaive, Jesse Schultz, Tyler Busch, Johnny Coughlin, Daniel Fritz, Thomas Beretta, Derek Pratt, Mike Gornall, Matt McLeod, Connor Schmidt, Jack Van Boekel, Sean Giles, Mason Mitchell

Qualifying Offers: Nate Mitton, Ben Johnson, Philippe Hudon, Brendan Harms, and Jacob Benson

Players Signed: Stefanos Lekkas, Kyle Haas, Marcus McIvor, Matt Murphy, Blake Siebenaler, Tommy Beaudoin, Matt Boudens, Stephen Harper, A.J. Jenks, Anthony Petruzzelli, Marc-Olivier Roy, Shawn Szydlowski, Liam Murphy, Olivier Galipeau, Nick Boka, Luke Boka, Mason Bergh, Thomas Proudluck, Bobby Shea, Zach Pochiro

Qualifying Offers: Chase Stewart, Adam Henry, Shawn St-Amant, Brett McKenzie, and Brady Shaw

Players Signed: Will Merchant, Zach Walker, A.J. White, Colby McAuley, Evan Wardley, Jeff King, Kyle Marino, Matt Stief, Kenton Helgesen, Cody Fowlie, Zach Andrusiak, Jake Kupsky, Brett Supinski, Darren Brady, Calder Brooks

Qualifying Offers: Brady Norrish, Keegan Kanzig, Colton Saucerman, Eric Sweetman, Max Coatta, Jonathan Charbonneau and Mitch Moroz

Players Signed: Raymond Brice, Colin O’Neil, Clark Kuster, Greg Betzold, Tanner Sorenson, Mathieu Roy, Mitch Hults*, Ian Edmondson, Matt Iacopelli, Nick Bruneteau, Justin Taylor

Qualifying Offers: Tyler Ganly, Will Petschenig, Kyle Blaney, and Boston Leier

Players Signed: Dillan Fox, Ted Hart, Michael McNicholas, Andrew Romano, Nick Master, Ben Freeman, Nate Kallen, Alex Kile, Jonathan Desbiens, Ryan Jackson, Marc-Olivier Crevier-Morin, Ryan Ferrill, Mikael Robidoux, Dallas Rossiter

Qualifying Offers: Francois Brassard, Austin McEneny, Josh Couturier, Gabriel Sylvestre, Jonathan Racine

Players Signed: James Melindy, Todd Skirving, Garrett Johnston, Mark Tremaine, Miles Gendron, Brenden Soucie

Qualifying Offers: Parker Gahagen, Evan Neugold, and Dylan Vander Esch

Players Announced: Alex Tonge, Alex Rodriguez, Jakob Reichert, Jake Theut, Cody Milan, Samuel Thibault, Scott Dornbrock, Eric Williams, Dajon Mingo, Mike Monfredo, Taylor Ross, Eric Selleck, Matt Marquadt

Qualifying Offers: Brandon Halverson, Brycen Martin, Brayden Sherbinin, River Rymsha, J.C. Campagna, Sebastian Vidmar, Cam Maclise and Sam Povorozniouk

Players Signed: Frank DiChiara, Brayden Low, Garrett Cecere, Hayden Hodgson, Rob Michel, Brendan van Riemsdyk, Dominic Cormier, Aaron Titcomb, Luke Stork, Luke Peressini, Luke Voltin, Mitchell Vanderlaan, David Drake, Jackson Cressey, Cameron Strong, Ryan Ruck

Qualifying Offers: Ralph Cuddemi, Trevor Yates, Max Willman and Trevor Gooch

Players Signed: Butrus Ghafari, Connor Walters, Chris McKay, Conlan Keenan, Trevor Gorsuch, Brett Boeing, Luke Sandler, Kevin Spinozzi, Shane Berschbach, Kyle Bonis, Ryan Lowney, Brandon Hawkins, Gordi Meyer, Keeghan Howdeshell, Hunter Garlent, Randy Gazzola, T.J. Hensick, Marcus Vela

Qualifying Offers: Billy Christopoulos, Mike Moffat, Dylan Zink, Brenden Kotyk, Blake Hillman and Justin Buzzeo

Players Signed: Jordan Smotherman, Ross Olsson, Kenneth Hausinger, Cam Hausinger, Drew Callin, Connor Doherty, Brennan Feasey, Tyler Poulsen, Myles McGurty, Jacob Hayhurst, Joel Kocur, Neil Robinson, Brent Beaudoin, Andrew DeBrincat, Jake Coleman, Nicholas Luka, Mason Baptista, Anthony Repaci

Qualifying Offers: Ivan Chukarov, Jack Stander, Barry Almeida, Shane Walsh, Kyle Thomas, Jordan Samuels-Thomas and Eddie Matsushima

Headed Overseas or Retired

Rocco Carzo, Kansas City – Retired

Alexey Solovyev, Atlanta – Avangard Omsk

Jamie Phillips, Brampton Beast- Retired

Michael Sdao, Adirondack – Retired

Eric Neilly, Atlanta – Gyergyói HK

Michael Kapla, Newfoundland – Västerviks IK

Patrick Munson, Orlando – Briançon

Brady Ferguson, Newfoundland – Rögle BK

Ondrej Vala, Idaho – HC Dynamo Pardubice

Zach O’Brien, Newfoundland – EV Landshut

Marcus Power, Newfoundland – EV Landshut

Matt Bradley, Newfoundland – HC Poruba (rumored) 

Ben Holmstrom, Cincinnati- Lillehammer

Parker Milner, South Carolina – Retired

Tim McGauley, Utah – Stjernen Hockey

Michael Doherty, Indy – Retired

Craig Wyszomirski, Indy – Retired

Kyle Schempp, Idaho – Retired

Jonathan Charbonneau, Idaho – HC Detva

River Rymsha, Norfolk – HC Detva

Josh Kestner, Toledo – TPS

Alex Krushelnyski, Indy – Retired

Nikita Popugayev, Adirondack – Dynamo Moskva

Mikhail Shalagin, Orlando – Spartak Moskva

Alan Lyszczarczyk, Fort Wayne – HC Litvinov 

Adam Henry, Fort Wayne – Retired

Brien Diffley, Greenville – Cergy

Kelly Summers, Adirondack – Eispiraten Crimmitschau

Cam Brown, Wheeling – SønderjyskE

Bobby MacIntyre, Indy – Frisk Asker

Daniel Leavens, Brampton – Stjernen Hockey

Linus Söderström, Worcester – Ässät

Jordan Henry, Brampton – Retired

Josh Winquist, Toledo – HC Banska Bystrica

Brady Shaw, Fort Wayne – Esbjerg Energy 

Stepan Falkovsky, Allen – Dinamo Minsk

Kristofers Bindulis, South Carolina – Krefeld Pinguine 

Ivan Kosorenkov, Orlando – SKA-Neva St. Petersburg 

Cam Knight, Tulsa – Esbjerg Energy 

Shawn St-Amant, Fort Wayne – Gyergyoi HK

Erik Robichaud, Brampton – Mulhouse

Renars Krastenbergs, Wheeling – Dinamo Riga

Cody Donaghey, Orlando – Odense Bulldogs

Maxim Zhukov, Newfoundland – HC Dukla Jihlava 

Tom McCollum, Reading – HC Innsbruck

Tomas Sholl, Idaho – HC Detva 

Ben Wilson, Kalamazoo – ASC Corona Brasov

Charles-David Beaudoin, Rapid City – EHC Linz

Devin Sideroff, Tulsa – HC Innsbruck 

Bryson Cianfrone, Orlando – Pusteral/Val Pusteria

Colton Saucerman, Idaho – HC Innsbruck

Lindsay Sparks, Brampton – Retired 

T.J. Melancon, Brampton – HKM Zvolen

Trevor Gooch, Reading – Sterzing/Vipiteno

Zach Frye, Kalamazoo – Rytiri Kladno 

Dante Salituro, Rapid City – Narvik Hockey

Adam Dauda, Jacksonville – HK Nitra

Sebastian Vidmar, Norfolk – Trelleborgs IF

Mitch Hults, Kalamazoo – Bratislava Capitals

David Vallorani, Brampton – Retired

Jeremy Beaudry, Wheeling – Amiens

Trevor Olson, Orlando – Retired

Taylor Richart, Utah – Retired

Coming Soon!

I can finally make my ECHL predictions here soon when schedules get released. Award predictions will be harder than previous years, but it’s going to be fun. There is light at the end of the dark tunnel that is COVID-19.

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