Bulls Make 9 Selections During NAHL Draft

AMARILLO, TX – The next crop of new Amarillo Bulls were chosen on Tuesday afternoon during the North American Hockey League Draft.

The Bulls Coaching and Scouting Staff led by Head Coach Rocky Russo, Assistant Coach David Nies made nine selections that included three goalies, four defenseman and two forwards. In the 2nd Round, 40th overall, the Bulls selected Plano, Texas product Joseph Berg who played in 34 games with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL.  Other players joining Berg include: Niks Krollis 3rd Round-56th overall (Defense); Tabor Heaslip 4th Round-75th overall (Forward); Noah Carlin 4th Round-80th overall (Defense); Justin Evenson 4th Round-83rd overall (Goalie); Jacob Thousand 5th Round-98th overall (Forward); Tyson Suggs 5th Round-104th overall (Defense); Tyler Borsch 6th Round-128th overall (Defense); Landon Pavlisin 7th Round-157th overall (Goalie).

Head Coach Rocky Russo said the Coaching and Scouting Staff is very excited about the results of the Draft.

“Our staff was well prepared and did an excellent job of addressing the needs that we identified were necessary,” said Russo. “I am definitely looking forward to what our future holds as an organization. Today was a big step in the right direction.”

All NAHL teams participated in the Draft and made selections in each round in reverse order of their finish during the 2017-18 NAHL regular season standings. The NAHL Draft consisted of the number of rounds necessary for each club’s protected list to reach 30 total players.

Up next for the Bulls is the Main Camp set to take place in Aston, PA at Iceworks Complex from June 27 to July 1st. Those players who have made it through that will advance to Amarillo in late August to begin Training Camp and prepare for the 2018-19 season.


Here is a synopsis of the Bulls selections from the Draft along with a quote from Head Coach Rocky Russo.


Joseph Berg

Position: Forward; Selected – 2nd Round – 40th overall; Previous Team: Omaha Lancers (USHL)

“High energy player with tons of junior experience, great work ethic, and excellent skill set.”


Niks Krollis

Position: Defense; Selected – 3rd Round – 56th overall; Previous Team: New Hampshire Avalanche

“Junior experience smooth skating D man that can break pucks out and join the rush.”


Tabor Heaslip

Position: Forward; Selected – 4th Round – 75th overall; Previous Team: Dallas Stars 16U

“Gritty, high-energy player with great leadership, and a high ceiling. He is a Texas kid who will be a fan favorite.”


Noah Carlin

Position: Defense; Selected – 4th Round – 80th overall; Previous Team: Detroit Belle Tire 18U

“Smart D man that will stabilize our left side, makes quick, good decisions with the puck.”


Justin Evenson

Position: Goaltender; Selected – 4th Round – 83rd overall; Previous Team: Brockville Braves

“Big, and experienced junior goalie with D1 ability.”


Jacob Thousand

Position: Forward; Selected – 5th Round – 98th overall; Previous Team: Kemptville 73s.

“Gritty player with junior experience that can play both wing and center.”


Tyson Suggs

Position: Defense; Selected – 5th Round – 104th overall; Previous Team: Detroit Belle Tire 18U

“Big left ‘D’ with tons of upside, is very hard to play against.”


Tyler Borsch

Position: Defense; Selected – 6th Round – 128th overall; Previous Team: Maple Grove High School

“Steady game shows tons of versatility, has a good stick, and has tons of offensive upside.”


Landon Pavlisin

Position: Goaltender; Selected – 7th Round – 157th overall; Previous Team: Dryden Ice Dogs

“Big game goalie, that led his team to the Dudley Hewitt Cup.”



2 40th Joseph Berg RW Tri-City Storm (USHL)
3 56th Niks Krollis D New Hampshire Avalanche
4 75th Tabor Heaslip F Dallas Stars 16U
4 80th Noah Carlin D Detroit Belle Tire 18U
4 83rd Justin Evenson G Brockville Braves
5 98th Jacob Thousand C/RW Kemptville 73s
5 104th Tyson Suggs D Detroit Belle Tire 18U
6 128th Tyler Borsch D Maple Grove High School
7 157th Landon Pavlisin G Dryden Ice Dogs