The ECHL is the third tier pro league in North America, and much like the second tier AHL, the league has seen an influx of talent this year as a result of the NHL lockout. Eight former Eagles have skated in the ECHL this season:
Goaltender John Muse has returned to the Florida Everblades, with whom he won the Kelly Cup last spring. Muse was slated to move up to the AHL this year, but with the lockout pushing Justin Peters to Charlotte, Muse wound up back with the Everblades. He's been splitting time with Pat Nagle, and has three wins, a 4.29 GAA, and .872 save percentage in nine games. Muse has also registered an assist and two penalty minutes.
Muse has recently been joined by former BC captain Mike Brennan, who signed with Florida on November 7th after spending the last four seasons in the AHL. Through eight games Brennan has picked up two assists, thirteen penalty minutes, and is minus two.
Tommy Cross is another casualty of the lockout, squeezed off of Providence's blueline in a roster crunch. The former BC captain is making the most of his time in the ECHL, leading the South Carolina Stingrays in scoring at 6-11-17 through 21 games. He's also leading all ECHL rookies in scoring. Cross has recorded 23 penalty minutes and is minus three.
2006 Hockey East Player of the Year Chris Collins signed with the Las Vegas Wranglers on November 15th, after spending last season in the German Elite League. Through three games he has a goal and an assist and is minus one.
Barry Almeida was sent down to the Reading Royals from Hershey of the AHL on Wednesday. Almeida had two goals and an assist in the 13 games with Hershey and has an assist through two games with Reading thus far.
After only cracking the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lineup for one game, Carl Sneep was sent down to the Wheeling Nailers on November 3rd. Through six games Sneep has notched four assists, seven penalty minutes, and is plus three.
Brian O'Hanley has two goals, six assists, ten penalty minutes, and is plus four through thirteen games with the Cincinnati Cyclones. He also had a two game cameo with San Antonio of the AHL.
Edwin Shea was released by the Greenville Road Warriors on November 12th. In nine games, Shea had an assist and was minus two. He has not signed elsewhere as of yet. Fellow 2012 graduate Chris Venti appeared in one pre-season game with the San Francisco Bulls but has since been released and has not re-signed.