As expected, the massive list of links we shared on Monday has since tapered off to a small collection, so this morning might be a great opportunity for you to go back and read the ones you so obviously didn’t earlier in the week.
A couple of stories from this morning:
More on the ECHL situation - Expect the entire North Division to cease operations for the season. That's Adirondack, Brampton, Maine, Newfoundland, Reading and Worcester. Official announcement expected around 2ET.— Jeff Marek (@JeffMarek) November 18, 2020
That’s a lot of minor league pros finding themselves without work for the winter. Maybe for the older guys, they’ll have a bit of cash banked and less trouble finding other jobs, but for the younger, longshot NHL prospects on those teams this represents a significant obstacle to their development and chances at making the bigs.
The ECHL wasn’t the only league to call things off this week, either:
Ivies Cancel Hockey Seasons ... Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale Affected - https://t.co/apmVxeOacp— College Hockey News (@chnews) November 12, 2020
With most of the jobs overseas already filled, it’s going to be quite difficult for any of these guys to find meaningful work at this late stage, and begs the question:
What the hell are they all gonna do?!
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With Ivy League Having Just Cancelled Its Entire Season, Edmonton Oilers’ Prospect Phil Kemp May Be At An Inflection Point (Journal)
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Jesse Puljujarvi’s Finnish Team Back In COVID-19 Quarantine (Oilersnation)
Oilers & Maple Leafs Should Fight For 1st In All-Canadian Division (THW)
NHL Reverse Retro jersey power rankings: From sublime to subpar to the Islanders (Athletic)