IHL Prospect Makes the Jump to the ECHL

By Wil Kirwan
Ryan Brindley, a former Houston Aero has made the move to the ECHL to play for the South Carolina Stingrays. Brindley is entering his second professional season, and according to South Carolina head coach Rick Adduono, “Ryan is a very skilled defenseman with good size and an explosive shot” .

Brindley represents the sixth player signed by South Carolina, and will prove to be a valuable asset to the South Carolina blue line. Brindley has an explosive shot, and will be a definite candidate for call-ups through out the year.

Ryan Brindley’s signing is not only significant because of his status as a player in the IHL or possibly a future NHLer brindley also bring with him youth. Brindley comes to a team that has lost most of it’s players due to league regulations prohibiting players with more than 235 games of professional experience to number greater than 4 per team.

Overall, Brindley rates about a 7 on the possibility of him seeing NHL timein the future. He has the size (6’ 205lbs.) to play physical, but whether or not he can prove himself on the ice remains to be seen. Brindley will more than likely see some time in The AHL with Rochester, the Stingrays’ affiliate, but whether or not he gets ice time, and whether or not he takes advantage of the opportunity are what remains to be seen.

Stats on Ryan Brindley:

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1995-96 Miami University (Ohio) NCAA 35 2 3 5 63
1996-97 Miami University (Ohio) NCAA 37 2 6 8 42
1997-98 Miami University (Ohio) NCAA 35 1 6 7 47
1998-99 Miami University (Ohio) NCAA 34 4 11 15 62
1998-99 Dayton Bombers ECHL 4 1 2 3 16
1998-99 Cincinnati Mighty Ducks AHL 8 0 0 0 16
Cincinnati Mighty Ducks* AHL 3 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Austin Ice Bats WPHL 61 17 46 63 116
Austin Ice Bats* WPHL 10 1 3 4 10
1999-00 Houston Aeros IHL 9 0 2 2 10

* = playoffs

Stats courtesy of Hockeydb.com