EDMONTON, Alberta – The Edmonton Oilers have signed right wing Sean McAslan, who began his professional career with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the ECHL. Edmonton is the NHL affiliate of the Greenville Grrrowl.
In his first professional season in 2001-02, the 6-1 and 190-pound McAslan scored 37 points (16g-21a) and had 139 penalty minutes in 72 games with Columbus. Signed as a free agent by the Oilers in March 2001, McAslan returned to Columbus in 2002-03, scoring 32 points (15g-17a) with 132 penalty minutes in 53 games, and also played one game with Hamilton in the American Hockey League.
In 2003-04, the 24-year-old McAslan scored 27 points (12g-15a) and had 66 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games and one assist and two penalty minutes in three playoff games with Toronto of the AHL.
There were former ECHL coaches behind the benches of 14 of the 28 teams in the American Hockey League and all 28 teams in the AHL had an ECHL player take the ice for them in 2003-04. The ECHL had affiliation agreements with 21 of the 28 teams in the AHL and there were over 90 players on AHL contracts in the ECHL in 2003-04. There were more than 220 players that played in both the ECHL and the AHL in 2003-04 and the ECHL had 425 call-ups, involving 234 players, to the AHL during the regular season.
For the 15th consecutive season, an ECHL player is a member of the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Champion. In addition to Claude Noel, who is in his first season as head coach, Milwaukee had eight players and radio announcer Kyle Schultz, who are all alumni of the ECHL.