More than ordinary fans know professional hockey in the US extends to much larger sections. There are hockey teams in the deep south as well as in the cold northern states and everywhere in between.
That being the case, many people don’t know the difference between different domestic hockey leagues, mostly between AHL and NHL.
AHL is the United States Hockey League, consists of 29 professional hockey teams, and is mainly based in the United States. AHL primarily serves as the main development site for NHL, which is the National Hockey League. NHL is a not-for-profit association that runs a hockey tournament, comprising 30 clubs (franchise), of which 6 are from Canada and 24 are from the US. This tournament is considered the leading professional ice hockey tournament in the world.
The most obvious factor distinguishing these tournaments is money. The minimum wage for the AHL is $ 36, 500, while for the NHL is 500,000 USD. However, the basic difference between the two tournaments is quite long and complicated. Each tournament includes skilled players, and the links are common in NHL and AHL, where clubs will give some of their players, especially a player, to their branch. in ECHL. In general, in NHL teams, players have the basis and development for AHL.
It is slightly different from AHL. For each affiliate agreement (for the most part), the NHL franchise pays players money, regardless of whether the team is privately owned or not. The job of recruiting coaches and other hockey operators is the responsibility of the NHL team, allowing them to take overall control of the players’ staff. Here, development is considered to be the highest priority, and as such, the quality of the AHL teams reflects the free contracts of the parent club and the drafters.
Always assume that the difference in game speed between the two levels is huge. The truth is that the difference is very thin, if not significant. The main difference is not the speed but the combination of skill and intelligence of the game.
Looking at players from different leagues, others develop in the AHL, however, due to things like size, level of cognitive skills, age and others, it is difficult to reach NHL. This, however, does not represent a true picture of a player’s skill level on an individual level. As in fact, AHL and NHL players can be at the same level when it comes to talent and skills on an individual basis.
In general, a player in NHL tends to be able to read games better than players in AHL or other minor tournaments like ECHL. The best way to prove this is to visualize killing a penalty while your opponent is already in your area, from the perspective of the target person. In this case, you will be your target waiting to explode, puck in the corner and an offensive player with you. In AHL, a top player can have two or three options, while at NHL, a good player will be able to make up to four options, because of his ability to read games plus the level. His experience clearly excels in AHL and small tournaments.