Yesterday we looked at the emphasis that is placed player development and that both Barry Trotz and Brian MacLellan were on the same page regarding this area and it was hopeful to have the minor leagues and player development being re-instituted and pushed forward to a level that will allow for the success at any level.
We later found out that one of the Washington Capitals’ minor league affiliates will be ending their tenure with the Washington Capitals and moving to work with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Reading Royals did make the playoffs this past year so, that is a bit hurtful on the player development side of things.
The Reading Royals, Washington’s ECHL affiliate will be ending their relationship with the Captials today.
The next question that needs to be looked at is whether or not the Royals will stay in affiliation with the Hersey Bears. The Bears are the AHL affiliate with the Capitals. Teams are allowed to have 2 affiliated teams, but what is the likelihood that an ECHL team stays affiliated with an AHL team that is not affiliated with their parent company. It probably won’t so we will probably soon see the relationship end with the Royals and the Bears. The two sides are still in communication at this point but it may be ending soon.
Since 1974, the Washington Capitals have had 10 team affiliates at the AHL level, with 3 of them joining the Capitals twice. As for the secondary affiliate, which could come from the IHL, ECHL, NAHL, etc., there have been 12 affiliates with 1 joining the ranks twice.
Where do the Capitals turn to at this point. The affiliation between the three teams, Washington, Hersey and Reading, especially Hersey and Reading allowed for a quick movement of players to be sent up and down. Hersey was able to send players down to get more playing time quickly because of the close proximity. That may have to change this year, depending on who becomes affiliated with them.
This coming year we will see number 13 since 1974.