The South Carolina Stingrays received a little bit more good news on Tuesday going into their ECHL Kelly Cup quarterfinal series with Gwinnett.
The Stingrays will get forward Alden Hirschfeld for the Kelly Cup playoffs. Hirschfeld is expected to be in the lineup Friday night for Game 1 against the Gladiators.
Hirschfeld split his time between Providence in the AHL and the Stingrays. He had four goals and four assists in 35 games for the Bruins, and had four goals and four assists in 18 games for the Stingrays.
Hirschfeld’s return is the reason why the Rays released forward Tyler Johnson.
Hirschfeld and defenseman Ryan Grimshaw, who played in Toronto for a good bit of the season, joined the team this week from the AHL.
I talked with Rays HC Spencer Carbery and he said he still had two spots left for AHL guys. The two most likely candidates are Tyler McNeely (Lake Erie) and Hunter Bishop (Manchester). There’s an outside shot the two could return sometime during the Gwinnett series, but the more likely scenario is that they come back if the Rays get out of the first round and beat Gwinnett. Manchester and Lake Erie are not expected to make the playoffs.