The NHL offseason has come to a standstill, with no unrestricted free agents signed to one-way contracts in a month. Still, the ECHL and many European leagues continue to play or prepare, meaning hockey players signing deals all over the world. We’ll keep track of the notable minor transactions right here.
- Brett Pollock, who was a second-round pick of the Dallas Stars back in 2014, has signed with the Nurnberg Ice Tigers of the DEL for the upcoming season. Pollock, 24, never did make it out of the minor leagues, spending last season mostly with the Allen Americans of the ECHL where he scored 43 points in 49 games. His entry-level contract expired after the 2018-19 season and he was not given a qualifying offer.
- Another second-round pick Ryan Stoa will continue his international adventures this season in Sweden with HV71. The 33-year-old was selected 34th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2005 and played in 40 NHL games before heading overseas for this latest chapter in his hockey career. Since 2014, Stoa has played for four KHL teams and now two SHL teams, recording strong offensive numbers wherever he goes.
- Macoy Erkamps, who spent most of last season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, was one of six Hershey Bears players assigned to the South Carolina Stingrays today. With the AHL season still up in the air, these six can help the Stingrays get off to a good start later this month when the ECHL season gets underway.
- Ryan Bednard, a goaltending prospect in the Florida Panthers system, was assigned to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits today. That’s where he spent most of last season too, his first professional campaign after signing out of Bowling Green State. The 23-year-old netminder posted a .908 save percentage in 24 games last season.
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