It may not mean too many changes to regular-season schedule
Sorry to read about Reid Petryk's laceration.
He is really snakebit. You'd like to think that once he would get that first goal, maybe they'd come in bunches.
It is a quirky stat, however, that he has played three more games than goaltender Pat Nagle, and both have exactly the same amount of goals. Zero.
As maybe Faille returns, and the roster clogs up a little with Martin and Leach, Petryk's status (being Lake Erie property) will be an interesting thing to watch.
I'm going to back off a little on my earlier comment (about the ECHL using some common sense with the divisional alignments) until we see what the new schedule is. The idea that the K's will still play Kalamazoo and Toledo a bunch of times may alter my feeling.
Yes, the idea of the Wings and the Walleye being an important part of the schedule makes a lot of sense. Both economical and geographical.
But winning a division should have some sort of "equal accomplishment" requirement fastened to it. I can't be sure if that will be the case. No one will know until the schedule comes out and we see how each division foe's compare.
An "unbalanced" schedule invites questions. And with the nature of this league, teams rarely are great from one year to the next. An example is Toledo. If you had them on the schedule last season, you were likely to be looking at a win. But not this year. Next season's outstanding team is anybody's guess.
I just think there is more to come.
Like Alan said, a lot of the details are still up in the air. I am not sure I like the idea of the Komets traveling to Alaska for an opening round playoff game, I do love the fact that we could meet KZoo or Toledo in the finals. Could you think of the size of the crowds by both teams on the road? That would be great!
echl is still two teams short of the magic number of 30 so more changes will be made. i think things are starting to look good. now we just need them to relook at some rules like vetern slots and start retooling.