I finished my ECHL prospects preview today. While there was a lot of research that went into it, it didn't take that long to write, partially because there's just 36 NHL-contracted guys sent down to start the year. Why so few? Because AHL teams are now able to dress 18 skaters (like the NHL). That's 29 more guys (mostly forwards) who are getting minutes in the AHL every game. Goaltenders remain the top prospects in the league.
A couple notes that relate to the South Division, where the Gladiators play. I really like the look of the South Carolina roster. They are my pick to win the division. They have a lot of talent, and return a lot of players from last year.
Tampa Bay sent Kevin Quick to Augusta. He's the guy who got kicked out of Michigan for allegedly stealing a teammate's credit card and charging thousands on it. He has yet to face his day in court. When he disappears off the roster for a few days, that's probably where he is.