Tyler Eckford(7) Phoenix Coyotes / Albany Devils

New Jersey didn’t qualify 4th year defenseman Tyler Eckford(7), who they drafted in 2004, round7  #217 overall. Free to go, Phoenix signed him to a 1-year, 2-way contract soon after free agency started.

He could play some more games in the NHL (he has 7 to his credit, 1 assist), but Portland Pirates are already using him as their lead image on their website, so he’ll likely be seeing more time in the AHL Eastern Conference for a third straight season. He’s appeared in 170 games with Albany and Lowell Devils, who played just an hour and a half down the highway from the Pirates.

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