How can you have amateur teams (CHL) aligned with pro teams (AHL/NHL)? It just doesn't make sense, and it doesn't match how any of the other Dynasty games work. Either you have all amateurs (Hoops Dynasty/Gridiron Dynasty) or you have all Pros (Hardball Dynasty). I don't see WIS mixing them for a Hockey Dynasty, and personally, I don't want them to.
While the majority of players may go through the CHL, Europe and US colleges combined probably make up close to 40% of the player pool in the NHL/AHL/ECHL combined. That is not an insignificant amount. When you consider that they are all subject to the same draft as players in the CHL, how do you justify separating them? This isn't baseball where internationals are truly separate and not subject to the draft. If they don't keep it similar to RL, a lot of people will be turned off by it. That's what makes HBD so enjoyable - it is just like RL, and you control the entire franchise, minors and majors.
The CHL and ECHL are not similar at all - so please stop trying to compare them. The ECHL is made up of professional players. The CHL is for amateurs, kids who are 20 and under. If you want to complain about Gary Bettman, go right ahead. But don't use the ECHL as a reason, it's been around a lot longer than he has.