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BULLS DRAFT THREE NEW PROSPECTS, INCLUDING A TEXAS NATIVE AND BUDDING FINNISH STAR
AMARILLO, TEXAS — The Amarillo Bulls made three selections in the 2020 NAHL Supplemental Draft on Tuesday, adding a Texas-born prospect while also nabbing a European player. The three-round draft, which gives teams the opportunity to prepare for the future and find their next superstar player, will be followed by the main North American Hockey League Entry Draft on July 21st.
With their first pick in the draft, with the 26th overall selection, the Bulls drafted skilled forward, Robert Hyde. Hyde spent the past season playing for the Mount St. Charles Academy 18-Under team. In his one season with the club, the New York native found his name on the score-sheet 64 times, with 26 goals and 38 assists in just 52 games.
“Robert is a highly skilled left wing that is very creative with the puck,” says Head Coach Rocky Russo. “He is a natural goal scorer that competes and makes his line mates better. We expect him to contribute right away.”
With their second pick, the Bulls chose Texas native, Cole Telecki. The 18-year-old defenseman grew up playing for the Dallas Stars youth program and has also already committed to play Division One college hockey at Providence College.
“Cole is an offensive defenseman with excellent puck skills and vision,” Russo said. “He defends well and will be able to play in all situations. We are excited to watch Cole develop before moving on to Providence College.”
With their last pick in the draft, the Bulls took 18-year-old Finnish forward, Jaani Holopainen. The two-way forward spent last season with the Finnish club HIFK Helsinki Jr. Holopainen was able to contribute 15 goals and 12 assists in 43 games.
Russo sees great potential for the Finnish forward. “Jaani is a right-wing that plays a complete 200-foot game,” Russo said. “He is a physical player that can score as well as defend very well. He played high level junior hockey in Finland and was very successful. We expect him to make an impact right away, much like Lauri Sertti did last season.”
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