2021 ECHL Predictions

2021 ECHL Predictions

It’s been a good start to the season minus some cancellations due to COVID-19 cancellations. Last week we found out 2 new teams making their debut next season, which I predicted in the summer, Future ECHL Expansion. We also finally found out what the Conference Alignment will be and the 3rd portion of the schedule. We still don’t know the official format of the Kelly Cup Playoffs, but my guess is is Top Four in each conference qualify and will play a best-of-5 series, so that’s how my predictions are going to be based on.

Player Awards:

This is hard to predict due to call-ups, so I’m going to give 3 candidates who I believe will be in the running barring any call-ups or injuries.

ECHL MVP: Cameron Hebig (Florida), Michael Joly (Wheeling), and Giorgio Estephan (Kansas City)

John Brophy (Head Coach): Brad Ralph (Florida)

Goaltender of the Year: Billy Christopoulos (Indy), Parker Gahagen (Utah), and Cam Johnson (Florida)

Rookie of the Year: Joseph Garreffa (Allen), Felix Robert (Wheeling), and Greg Meireles (Greenville)

Defensemen of the Year: Matt Register (Allen), Mark Auk (Orlando), and Sam Jardine (Greenville)

Leading Scorer: Cameron Hebig (Florida), Michael Joly (Wheeling), and Giorgio Estephan (Kansas City)

Final Standings

Eastern Conference

  1. Florida Everblades
  2. South Carolina Stingrays
  3. Indy Fuel
  4. Greenville Swamp Rabbits
  5. Wheeling Nailers
  6. Orlando Solar Bears
  7. Jacksonville Icemen

Western Conference

  1. Allen Americans
  2. Fort Wayne Komets
  3. Utah Grizzlies
  4. Wichita Thunder
  5. Tulsa Oilers
  6. Kansas City Mavericks
  7. Rapid City Rush

Kelly Cup Playoffs

Eastern Conference:

Florida defeats 3 to 1

Indy defeats South Carolina 3 to 2

Conference Finals:

Indy defeats Florida 3 to 2

Western Conference

Allen defeats Wichita 3 to 0

Fort Wayne defeats Utah 3 to 2

Conference Finals

Allen defeats Fort Wayne 3 to 1

Kelly Cup Finals

Allen defeats Indy to win the Kelly Cup

Predicted 2021-22 Division Alignment

North

  • Adirondack Thunder
  • Brampton Beast
  • Maine Mariners
  • Newfoundland
  • Reading Royals
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Worcester Railers

South

  • Atlanta Gladiators
  • Florida Everblades
  • Greenville Swamp Rabbits
  • Jacksonville Icemen
  • Norfolk Admirals
  • Orlando Solar Bears
  • South Carolina Stingrays

Central

  • Cincinnati Cyclones
  • Coralville
  • Fort Wayne Komets
  • Indy Fuel
  • Kalamazoo Wings
  • Toledo Walleye
  • Wheeling Nailers

Mountain

  • Allen Americans
  • Idaho Steelheads
  • Kansas City
  • Rapid City Rush
  • Tulsa Oilers
  • Utah Grizzlies
  • Wichita Thunder

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