Because the ECHL is primarily a developmental league with just four veterans allowed on the active roster, rookies play a key role. They also help with the salary cap as teams can sign great players at a low cost. The maximum rookie salary for 2020-21 per the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) is $575 per week.
– Here are some examples of rookie contributions from the shortened 2019-20 ECHL season:
3 of the top 4 goalies in save percentage were rookies
4 of the top 11 in scoring by defensemen were rookies
3 of the top 8 in points per game (minimum 20 games) were rookies
Check out this video from a skills competition when Bethune was 10: