Blues announce affiliation with ECHL's Tulsa Oilers - KMOV.com

Blues announce affiliation with ECHL's Tulsa Oilers

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

The St. Louis Blues announced on Tuesday that the team has entered into a one-year affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Tulsa Oilers.

The agreement will begin with the 2017-2018 season.

This announcement comes after the Blues ended their affiliation with the AHL's Chicago Wolves in May.  The team said they would still send their players to the Wolves for development, but the Las Vegas Knights would be their primary affiliate.

With the new deal, the Blues would have sole possession of a minor league affiliate to develop their younger players.  

The ECHL is a tier below the AHL, touted as the "Premier 'AA' Hockey League." Being a mid-level league, the players the Blues choose to place in Tulsa would still be a ways off from playing at Scottrade in St. Louis.

The Blues' most recent affiliation with the ECHL came with the Alaska Aces, where Rob Murray, current Oilers' head coach, spent three seasons at the helm.

Last season, Tulsa finished with a 27-37-6 record coming in fifth in the ECHL's Central Division.

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