Earlier this month, the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder, based in Glens Falls, announced its 2016-17 protected list.
A team’s protected list is made up of players the team will retain rights to. The Thunder’s protected list consists of 24 skaters and 2 goaltenders, including 19 players who were with the Thunder during the 2015 -16 season.
16 of the 26 protected players were included on the roster for the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs, and 13 appeared in playoff action as the Thunder advanced through the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.
The protected list includes:
- Defensemen: Patch Alber, Mike Bergin, Mathieu Brodeur, Mike Busillo, Ryan Constant, Luke Curadi, David Shields, Brad Stebner, and Alex Wall.
- Forwards: Rob Bordson, Alex Carrier, Kyle Flanagan, Dana Fraser, Hunter Garlent, James Henry, Gunnar Hughes, Peter MacArthur, Jack MacLellan, Carter Rigby, Vincent Scarsella, Jeff Silengo, Terrence Wallin, Klarc Wilson, and Greg Wolfe.
- Goaltenders: Drew Fielding and Lucas Gore.
The seven players who are not on the protected list were assigned to the Thunder on either NHL or AHL contracts. These include Ken Appleby (Goaltender) and Ben Johnson (Forward) who came from the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, forwards Mitchell Heard, Michael Kirkpatrick, Ryan Lomberg, and Louick Marcotte from the AHL’s Stockton Heat, and finally Joe Faust, who was assigned to the Thunder from the AHL’s Albany Devils.
ECHL teams are allowed to protect as many players as they would like, as long as the players meet the strict guidelines defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players Association. This agreement states that any team can retain the rights of a player that:
- Signs a Standard Players Contract (SPC) in 2015-16 with that team, and has not been traded or released.
- Signed an SPC in 2015-16 and was recalled to an NHL, AHL, or IIHF league, and has not been traded or released.
- Had received a Qualifying Offer for the current season, did NOT sign an SPC, and has not been traded or released.
- Has been suspended by the team or the league, and has not been traded or released.
- Signed an SPC on or after the first day of the 2015 -16 regular season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released.
- Has executed the ECHL Retirement form, and has not been traded or released
All ECHL teams have to complete Future Consideration trades by 3:00pm EST on June 13, 2016, before the submission of the season-ending rosters which are due on June 15, 2016. Season-ending rosters can have up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract for the 2015-16 season.