AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls will be well represented on three of the rosters of next month’s North American Hockey League’s Top Prospects in Troy Michigan. Six current Amarillo Bulls were named to the South and NAHL Under-18 selects, while a former player was named to a third team.
The Dennis Williams’ coached South Division roster will include defenseman Brett Szajner, forwards Cody Gylling, Kyle Gattelaro, Matt Sieckhaus and Captain Mike Davis. Tyler Gernhofer suits up for the NAHL Under-18 Selects, while former Bulls forward Omar Mullan will play for the Midwest side.
The number of players each NAHL team is sending to the event, in which four teams from the four NAHL divisions: Central, Midwest, North and South and a special fifth NAHL 18U Selects team, will each play in two game games, was based on each team’s winning percentage within their group as of January 20, 2014.
Only those NAHL players without an NCAA commitment are eligible to participate in the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, with the exception of those who will be playing on the NAHL 18U Selects team. Each of the teams consists of a 20-man roster (12 forwards, 6 defensemen, 2 goaltenders).
Mike Davis is second in the league in scoring with 18 goals and 29 assists for 47 points. The Newark, Delaware native has five power play goals, four game winners and two weeks ago was chosen as the South Division Player Of the Week. Forward Matt Sieckhaus is ninth in scoring with 13 goals, 22 assists for 35 points. The Fenton, Missouri native has six power play goals.
It’s been a great run lately for forward Kyle Gattelaro. The Delray Beach, Florida native has eight points in his last 10 games. On the season Gattelaro has earned 10 goals and 21 assists for 31 points in 41 games.
The same could be said for Chandler Arizona native Cody Gylling. In the last 10 games, Gylling has five goals and four assists for nine points. On the season to date, Gylling has collected 12 goals and 18 assists for 30 points in 45 games.
Defenseman Brett Szajner will return to his home state of Michigan for the Top Prospects. The Novi Michigan Native has been a steadying force on the Bulls blueline with 17 points in 43 games.
The Under-18 Selects will include forward Tyler Gernhofer who leads the NAHL in goals with 23, and is tied with 10 via the power play. The Grapevine, TX native who was also chosen at NAHL Player of the Month in November, is sixth in the league in points with (23 goals and 16 assists) 39.
Former Bulls forward Omar Mullan who is now with the Wenatchee Wild, will take the ice for the Midwest Team. Mullan has 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points in 41 games combined with the Wild Bulls, Johnstown Tomahawks.
The North American Hockey League Top Prospects Tournament, presented by Easton, takes place February 17-18 at the Troy Sports Center in Troy, Michigan.
In a very short period of time, the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament has become one of the most highly-scouted events of its kind. Last season, over 170 scouts attended the event, which featured almost every NHL team and NCAA Division I school.
Over a third of the players that competed in last year’s event ended up with an NCAA Division I opportunity. Combined with the NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament and NAPHL Championship series, it will make for an exciting week of hockey and provides a great opportunity for every scout and coach to get a close look the talent in the three leagues.
2014 NAHL Top Prospects schedule:
Monday, February 17th: North vs. South, 1pm – Central vs. Midwest, 3:30pm – NAHL 18U Selects vs. TBA, 6pm
Tuesday, February 18th: Central vs. South, 1pm – Midwest vs. North, 3:30pm – NAHL 18U Selects vs. USNTDP 17-Team, 6pm
While the four NAHL divisional teams will play amongst each other at the event, the NAHL 18U Selects Team will face a yet to be named opponent on Monday, February 17th and then will face USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (NTDP) U17 Team on Tuesday, February 18th.
This offers a unique opportunity for the NAHL and the NTDP to participate in a high-profile event in cooperation with one another. The NAHL and the NTDP have a rich and productive 12-year history together, as the NTDP was a full-time member of the NAHL from 1997-2009. The U.S. National Under-17 Team is coached by Don Granato and is coming off winning the World U17 Challenge title back in January 4th in Sydney, Nova Scotia.