Former Florida Everblades’ goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic of the Carolina Hurricanes is the FloHockey ECHL Alumnus of the Month for April.
The 25-year-old went 5-1-1 in seven appearances in April with one shutout, a 1.72 goals-against average and a save percentage of .941. He allowed two goals or less in five of his seven appearances while making at least 26 saves four times, including two games of 34 or more saves. Nedeljkovic has seen action in 20 games this season, going 13-4-3 with three shutouts, a 1.94 goals-against average and a save percentage of .932.
A native of Parma, Ohio, Nedeljkovic made his pro debut with the Florida Everblades in 2014-15, posting a 2-1-0 record in three appearances. He saw action in 12 games with Florida during the 2016-17 season, going 6-4-0 with one shutout, a 2.97 goals-against average and a save percentage of .903. He became the 12th goaltender in ECHL history to score a goal on Dec. 30, 2016 at Atlanta.
Selected by the Hurricanes in the second round (37th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Nedeljkovic has appeared in 26 career games for the Hurricanes posting an overall record of 15-6-4 with three shutouts, a 2.06 goals-against average and a save percentage of .907.
There have been 695 players who have played in the NHL after playing in the ECHL including 17 who have made their debut in 2020-21. The ECHL has had 503 players reach the NHL since 2002-03 when it changed its focus to become the primary developmental league for the NHL and the AHL. The ECHL had 97 players reach the NHL in its first 10 seasons and 215 in the first 15 years. There have been 439 ECHL players who have played their first game in the last 16 seasons for an average of more than 27 per year.