AMARILLO, TX – Over the past eight years Draft Day has treated the Amarillo Bulls quite well and there is no reason for that not to continue.
The Bulls and their fellow North American Hockey League teams will be participating in the annual Draft tomorrow (Tuesday) at 1 pm, central time. Among the more notable players chosen by the Bulls include Mike Davis, Brady Ferguson Nikita Babintsev, and most recently Jon Russell and Stephen Rex.
Head Coach Rocky Russo said there are a couple ways to look at a Draft like this.
“Some guys will take the approach of picking the best available player, while some coaches will go about filling needs their particular team has,” said Russo. “I think we are going to be in a scenario where we will be a hybrid of those two situations. We certainly have some specific needs that we have to fill, and we have guys targeted in the Draft that would be a great fit for those roles.
“Once you hit a certain point in the Draft, you may find a player that can make an impact on your team but not necessarily the position you want to fill, so you take the best available player in that situation.”
It will be a busy Draft Day for the Bulls, but their first pick won’t come until the 2nd round. At that time, Head Coach Rocky Russo, Assistant Coach David Nies, as well as the Scouting Staff will make their first selection at 40th overall. After that, the Bulls will choose once in the third round, 56th overall, and then three in the fourth round 75th overall, 80th overall and 83rd overall. There will be two more picks in the fifth round 98th overall, and 104th overall, followed by one in the 6th at 128th overall and a final selection at 157th in the seventh round.
The number of players each team is able to draft varies on that team’s current roster (protected list) minus the number 30. Each team’s roster is comprised of veteran players and signed tenders only. For example, if a team has 15 veterans rostered and 8 tenders (23 total), that team is allowed seven (7) draft picks.
Fans can follow the Bulls selections on the draft through social media Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Draft can be viewed online at www.nahldraft.com and there will be a free live broadcast on Hockey TV.
Meantime, the Bulls concluded their 2nd of two Pre-Draft Camps in Warrendale, PA over the weekend. Head Coach Russo said they were happy with the turnout of players at that second camp.
“We had a good level of competition throughout the weekend,” Reported Russo. “We are confident that there are some players there that will be in consideration for our Draft tomorrow, as well as some guys will be invited to Main Camp that will have a legitimate shot of making the roster for the upcoming season.”
There is still time to participate in the Summer of Hockey Promotion and be registered to win a trip to Las Vegas to see an NHL Golden Knights contest. To qualify, fans must either purchase or renew Full or Half Season Tickets by making a $50 deposit or paying in full. There are weekly draws taking place with Grand Prize Draw being announced at the Amarillo Bulls Home Opener.
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