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04-05-2014, 12:42 PM
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Yeah it has been a great draft so far for the bulls... And I haven't said that in a few years. We have got a lot of steals in my opinion

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04-05-2014, 02:09 PM
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Real good draft so far, love the Mizzi selection and i'm thinking Faresse has seen some talent in goaltender Ceci to pick him. Good bloodlines too

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04-05-2014, 02:13 PM
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Alittle surprised that George hasnt gambled on any American players yet?

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04-05-2014, 02:19 PM
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Ye asks and Ye shall receive! Bulls select defenceman Luke Martin from st. louis jr blues, Any scouting reports on him?

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04-05-2014, 02:27 PM
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Luke Martin is committed to NCAA Michigan so phone London and see what they'll offer.

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04-05-2014, 02:37 PM
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Luke Martin is committed to NCAA Michigan so phone London and see what they'll offer.
lol, tell me about it! He wont be coming this season but if gets picked next year at the nhl draft, that might send him to the O? and if not Belleville then we have a very good bargining chip

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04-05-2014, 02:45 PM
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Bulls select another probable NCAA player in 5'6 128lb Jordan Crocker. Scouts say he's worth the gamble to report at some point

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04-05-2014, 03:39 PM
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Big fan of the St- Aubin pick, he could turn out to be a gem on the big ice. Skilled and smart, will need to get stronger.

Probably more pleased with this draft than any other in recent memory. Great blend of skill, size and intangibles. Looking forward to camp.

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04-05-2014, 07:47 PM
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The Belleville Bulls have had a lot of average to good drafts the past five years. This was the year they bucked the trend. It is still way to early to tell if the prospects will develop to their full potential, but on paper, this is the best Bulls draft in recent time. The Bulls had more then a few potential steals in the draft in Hanley, Mendonca, Mizzi, Prestia, Crocker and St.Aubin. That list will only grow if the Bulls can lure one of the top American defenceman in Luke Martin. The likelihood of that happening are slim, but there is always a chance, which keeps hope amongst Bulls fan in future years to see if Martin will ever commit to the OHL. The Bulls history of luring top American talent to the franchise is weak, but that doesnt necessarily mean that Martin will never come to the OHL. As we have seen many times in the past, certain OHL teams have a way to lure American players to play for them and no one else. The Luke Martin draft pick could be one of those scenarios down the line, which would allow the Bulls to unload Martin for a strong package. There are many other potential steals for Belleville that could come from this draft. The list starts with Joe Mizzi, many scouts had this guy in their top 40. Mizzi is a great skater with solid playmaking abilities, he brings an offensive touch that not many other prosepcts bring if he is on his game. He needs to work on his consistency if he ever hopes to become a top 6 ohler however. But the potential is there, especially coming from a 7th round pick.

Two team mates could end up being great picks by the Bulls. Mendonca and Prestia bring different elements to their game, but both bring skill and intangibles that the Bulls will need in the future. Mendonca has slipped down the draft rankings from the start of the year, but scouts still know what this kid can do when he is on his game. Mendonca brings great foot speed and an offensive first game. He lacked consistency this year and never found his stride. If ever finds his stride in Belleville, this will be on of the steals of the draft. The first Southern Tier player drafted by Burnett is big winger Prestia. He is a physical big winger who has good foot speed for his size and a scoring touch.

As we have come to find out the past few years, the Belleville Bulls and Whitby Wildcats AAA program have a strong connection. Every year it seems like there are two to three Whitby selctions , and this year was no different. Two of the picks from the 2014 draft could end up being great value picks. They may never be huge steals, but it would not surprise anyone to see Hanley and St.Aubin turn into solid OHL players. Hanley has steadily risen his stock all year by developing game by game. Hanley is a leader who plays great defense and has acquired an offensive touch to his game. St. Aubin has big upside if he adds some size and continues to develop. He is one to keep an eye on

One of the smaller prospects in the draft, Jordan Crocker, was a great addition for the Belleville Bulls. Crocker lacks size, but he is gifted offensively. He has good hands and is always trying to create something on the ice. A fun prospect to watch. Crocker could be NCAA bound, but if he does pursue the OHL he could be a great steal for the Bulls.

The top two draft picks for the Bulls were homeruns. Brandon Saigeon is a rare mix of size, skill, smarts, and compete. Saigeon can do it all. He is a solid passer who is an underrated playmaker. Saigeon brings good foot speed for his size and is not afraid to use that size. He also boasts one of the hardest and most accurate shots in his age group.

Christmas came early when it came to their second selection. Rumors were the Bulls would select one of the top eligible goalies with this pick, but when Candella fell, it was an obvious choice for Burnett and company. A pegged first round pick, Candella brings a mix of defense and offense to his game. He is a patient and steady d man that controls the play. Candella makes a great first outlet pass and is blessed with great hockey iq. He understands when to pinch and makes smart reads. One of the elite defenceman from the 2014 draft. A pairing of Lemcke and Candella could be one of the best in a few years

After missing out on one of the top goalies because of the Candella pick, the Bulls selected Cole Ceci. The brother of Cody Ceci, Cole has good genes. A big goalie who continues to grow. He is quick and poised. With the history of Bulls developing goalies, Ceci could be a good one in a few years

The only disappointing part of the day for this Bulls fan was their last pick. Ive never understood why some teams just throw this pick away. There is still lots of talent out there in round 15 and teams should always be looking to draft the most talented player no matter what. Wyatt Brauer is not an OHL caliber player. Yes he is big for his age, but that is it. I wish that pick would have been used on a guy like Cmunt, Buckley, Farrell, Farmer, or Lewandowski

At the end of the day though, this draft gets an A. With the prospects added to the system to go along with a solid young core, the Bulls are in good shape for the next few years


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04-05-2014, 08:03 PM
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Looking it all over, I think the Bulls did quite well this year.

Saigeon seems like a guy you can build around and last year's squad had some pieces that can definitely contribute to a winning solution.

Candella was a great pick. Hopefully our outlet pass prayers are answered in this guy. Hanley is likely a safe pick as well. Seems like he has a pretty well-rounded game and might even be better than Morris or Bean out of camp - we'll see.

Prestia is the typical big George power forward I think. He is also a much needed right handed shot on the wing.

Mendonca and Mizzi both have some sneaky offensive upside. Give these guys a year of development and see where they're at a year down the road perhaps.

Throw Ceci in the mix with Graham, Giugovaz and Hicks. He's got his big brother's genes and will probably fill out and continue to grow.

Lots of positives. Looking forward to rookie camp.

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04-05-2014, 09:41 PM
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My Depth Chart as of today.
Elie Harper Saigeon
Petti Euro Tomasek
Heffernan Marchment Cramarossa
Collela Laishram Bricknell
Ming


Bignell Subban
Yuill Lemcke
Bean Candella
Besner Morris
Raycroft


Graham
Guigovaz

Hicks Wellington
Mendonca Wellington
Supryka Wellington
Mizzi Wellington
Hanley Wellington

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04-05-2014, 10:07 PM
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Any reason why the Bulls didnt select Mcleod with the fourth pick?

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04-05-2014, 10:12 PM
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Any reason why the Bulls didnt select Mcleod with the fourth pick?
Rumors that McLeod forced his way to Mississauga to stay close to home in the GTA.

Seems they had some truth to them.

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04-06-2014, 09:42 AM
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Early reports have Jordan Crocker NCAA bound? Sounds like he's thinking OHL? He sent out a tweet just after being selected, saying he was proud and honoured to be a Bull.

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04-06-2014, 10:48 AM
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JV11: Any reason why Berisha is not on your depth chart?

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04-06-2014, 12:46 PM
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JV11: Any reason why Berisha is not on your depth chart?
Just an overlook what do you guys think of the depth chart I realize that there will have to be some trades to trim down the backend and maybe a forward or 2

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04-06-2014, 02:24 PM
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Just an overlook what do you guys think of the depth chart I realize that there will have to be some trades to trim down the backend and maybe a forward or 2
Saiegon won't be on the 1st line for starters...good player but not a Tavares or McDavid.

Biggest changes will be on D.

2014/15 D and not necessarily starting lineup

Yuill-Harper
Subban-Lemcke
Candella-Bean

Goaltending

Graham-Hicks
Guigovaz traded off season

Forwards

Elie-New Vet- Berisha
Petti-Saigeon-Tomasek (this line will alternate centers all season)
Heff-Marchment-Cram (possible Euro alternating in here)
Collela-Laish-Brick

Trade will be made for New Vet in the off season or very early on and will be for a roster guy plus picks. And if team is doing well then another trade will be made for a 19 or 20 yo Vet stud D and team will carry 7 D alternating Candella and Bean in 6th D spot.

Team will go for it given how amazing their last third of the season was. Also, given that Bulls have nine 1995 born players that will be one of the main reasons why they move Guigovaz and Raycroft.


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04-06-2014, 08:26 PM
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Bulls are holding their Rookie/Prospect camp coming up soon, hearing its this week coming? Should be finalized in the next couple of days. Excited to see the latest kids to join our family.

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Won't be surprised if Hanley and/or Supryka find a way onto the team come the start of next season. Wouldn't rule out a move to ship out one of Cram or Heffernan if Laishram continues to elevate his game. Kid is a spark plug who will probably be able to play above fourth line duties as a 17 year-old.

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The Bulls should trade Ming if they can get a late rounder for him

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Trade Bait: Giugovaz, Cramarossa, Ming, Raycroft, Morris, possibly Berisha


Harper- OA - Elie
Saigeon - Petti- Tomasek
Heffernan- Marchment - Laishram
Collela-Import-Bricknell
Supryka- Mendonca- Prestia

Yuill-Lemcke
Bignell- Subban
Candella- Bean
Besner- Hanley

Graham
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Funny how Desousa went from being a "bust" in belleville like a lot of other guys and since leaving has made his way onto the central scouting list. Unfortunately, the first 96 left who leaves will probably have a better chance than any who stay. Same with the 97s.

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Maybe you can explain why Desousa was a healthy scratch in Saginaw this year.

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04-08-2014, 10:22 AM
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Rookie camp this Saturday and Sunday at the yardmen arena. Roster will be posted later in the week. What would be the odds of any of the american kids showing?

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Funny how Desousa went from being a "bust" in belleville like a lot of other guys and since leaving has made his way onto the central scouting list. Unfortunately, the first 96 left who leaves will probably have a better chance than any who stay. Same with the 97s.
You didn't see Saginaw much this year did you? He didn't play much. That same dad that posted hate pumping up DeSousa was on the Saginaw boards saying how awful the coaches where in Saginaw for not playing him lol.

With regards to the NHL Central Rankings, Tye Bilckie was once on a list.....I wouldn't put a lot in it...

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