There are many differences between National League (NHL) and American League (AHL) players. Talent and dedication do not make that list. Perhaps that is why Islanders coach Jack Capuano refers to ‘call-ups’ as American League players and not minor leaguers. It may be because he coached the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, it could be that he himself was successful at the NCAA, ECHL, AHL, and NHL levels. No distinction. When Cappy makes the call to Sound Tigers coach Brent Thompson to fill a need, the Isles will get a talented, dedicated player who fits in seamlessly into the system.
The biggest difference (my opinion) is the fan experience. Parking? Not a problem and free to season ticket holders. Tickets available? Most likely and you can more often than not move to another seat as you wish. Drunken Flyer’s fans in the building? Not in Howard Saffan’s house! Player accessibility? Let’s talk.
The New York Islanders sent out an official press-release today stating that Russian defensive prospect Anton Klementyev has been suspended by the club for a failure to report to his ECHL assignment to the Idaho Steelheads.
Per the Islanders official press-release:
UNIONDALE, NY (January 7, 2012) – The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Anton Klementyev has been suspended for failure to report for his ECHL assignment to the Idaho Steelheads. Klementyev began the 2011-12 season with the Islanders American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Coming off a close win in Reading last night, Trenton looked to continue their winning ways at home against division rival Elmira.
Helping the Titans in this effort was the return of defenseman Andy Thomas from the Phantoms. The Titans have been weak on defense recently with several defenders either injured or up in the AHL for better part of December. Thomas and the rest of the Titans defense would be put to the test early as Trenton spent six minutes in the first period on the penalty kill.
The only problem the Wheeling Nailers had on Saturday was with their bus. The games original 7 p.m start was pushed back to 8:30 due to mechanical issues. Once the game started, it was all Nailers as they thumped the Trenton Titans, 5-1.