This season the Belleville Bulls could have up to eight or nine rookies in the line up on any given night. Here they are.
2013 1st Rd 18th Overall : Justin Lemcke (D) - Whitby Wildcats, 6'2" 198lbs
Justin Lemcke is a complete defenceman that does a lot of things very well. Justin is a safe smart defender, he's a good decision maker, with great size, who seems to do well under adversity. Lemcke can skate well and hit hard, he is very good down low and should have no problem adjusting to the big ice at the Yardman Arena. Justin has good hockey sense and sees the ice well, he comes to plays every night and when he played for Whitby he was called "one of the most physically intimidating players to play against in this league (OMHA)". Justin is a complete player defenceman that does a lot of things well. He was one of the leaders on his team. Lemcke can move the puck, has a good wrist shot and he shoots the puck quickly, hard and low, making big rebounds for his forwards. Justin is calm and shows poise when making plays, whether it's clearing the puck, making the closest pass to a forward or hitting an open man on the fly, nothing appears to phase him. He holds on to the point as long as he can, making the opposition fight that much harder to clear the zone. As Captain of the Whitby Wildcats Justin had 6G & 23 points in 36 ETA games this season. He has continued to develop since the beginning of last season and the Bulls coaching staff will use him in all situations.
Lemcke is a great lacrosse player, and is a stud midfielder and has been called the best lacrosse player in his class, he communicates well with teammates, he can set up plays, drives the cage hard and seems unfazed by checks. He harasses ball carriers and is an outstanding feeder from any spot. All skills that he can bring to the Bulls as well.
On the ice Justin sees himself as a shut-down type D-man. He believes the strongest part of his game is being able to shut down the other teams first line and the ability to generating offence on the power play and penalty kill.
Bulls Assistant General Manager Barclay Branch described Lemcke as "a rugged defenceman who moves the puck well and has the potential to be a big minute player here"
2013 2nd Rd 38th Overall : Jake Bricknell (C) - Central Ontario Wolves, 5'11" 191lbs
Jake Bricknell is an energy player, that finishes checks and works hard every shift. Everything that happens for Bricknell is based on work ethic. He has an edge but can score. Jake is more then an agitator but is the type of player that other teams won't like to play against, he is very hard on the puck and has good in close puck skills, Jake wins more battles then he loses. Bricknell is not afraid to go to the dirty areas and has the skill to capitalize on the chances he gets. In 56 games with the Central Ontario Wolves he had 25G, 32A and 143 PIMS. We see Jake Bricknell fitting in very well in the system that Coach Burnett and his staff employee. We believe that Bricknell will be a fan favourite at the Yardman the same way players like Jeff Leavitt, Andrew Gibbons, Matt Tipoff, Brett Mackie and Cory Tanaka were. In some circles he has drawn comparison to former Bulls Captain Matt Beleskey. The Bulls feel he's ready to play and make a strong contribution. Burnett says "Jake has good size and plays with a real edge. For a hard-nosed guy he has very good skills."
2013 4th RD 78th Overall : Adam Laishram (RW) - Whitby Wildcats, 5'08" 160lbs
"Laish" was the 2nd member of the Whitby Wildcats OMHA Gold Medal Finalists selected by the Belleville Bulls. Adam Laishram is very fast. He is a powerful elite skater with and without the puck. Adam prides himself to be an offensive minded player and the statistics don’t lie as he was one of his teams leading scorers with 14G & 19A in 35 games played. When Adam has the puck, he explodes up the ice. He is a hard worker that doesn’t take any shifts off and he wants to the puck in any zone of the ice. Adam also possesses a nice set of hands, especially at full speed which he uses to his advantage. Laishram competed in the 2013 OHL Gold Cup in Kitchener. He was third in scoring for OMHA Team White. Laishram also participated in the final Ontario Under 17 Program Evaluation Camp in Oshawa this summer. Adam has impressed the Bulls with "his speed, skill and vision" Coach Burnett said " "He competes hard out there every single shift and knows how to use his creativity to his advantage."
2013 9th Rd 178th Overall Justin Bean (D) - Uxbridge Bruins JR. C, 6'01" 176lbs
Bean turned to the Jr. C loop to kickstart his junior career where his fine play and offensive contributions have certainly opened eyes. He was named Rookie of the Year in the Central Ontario Junior C Hockey League. He had a great season picking up 8 goals and 24 assists in 40 games in Uxbridge. Justin is an offensive-type skilled defenseman who has good ability. He’s a puck handler who creates offense off the rush and quarterbacks the powerplay. He distributes the puck really well. In 40 games played he had 8G 24A. Assistant GM Barclay Branch called Bean an intelligent strong skater who can move the puck well. He said even though "Justin's development path has been different than a lot of other players his age. We saw him playing in Uxbridge this season where he accomplished a lot of great things." "We're excited to see Justin's progression here in a Bulls uniform."
2012 7th Rd 132nd Overall Andrew Ming (RW) - Eastern Ontario Wild, 6'00" 188lbs
Ming has the intangibles to compete in the OHL, he is gritty, tough, and a hard worker who puts team interests ahead of his own. He is the brother of Kitchener Ranger Eric Ming. Andrew's hard nosed style impressed Bulls scouts and coaching staff throughout this past season and into Training Camp. Ming played with the Cornwall Colts Jr. A last season where he put up 4 goals and 21 assists in 55 games as a 16 year-old.
"There has been a lot of improvement in Andrew's game over the last season," said Burnett. "After a year in Tier II he has come back to our camp bigger, stronger and has made improvements to his skating."
Brampton's 2011 6th Rd 106th Overall Jake Marchment (C) - Wellington Dukes Jr. A, 6'03" 206lbs.
Jake was originally drafted by the now North Bay franchise in 2011 from the Clarington Toros AAA program. That year he made his OJHL debut with the Coboug Cougars. Last season Jake suited up for the Wellington Dukes. After seeing him play in the County last season the Bulls received permission from North Bay to speak with Marchment and his family. That lead to the Bulls sending a 6th round pick in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection for the his rights. Jake had a full NCAA scholarship to join the Canisius College Golden Griffins. Being part of the Dukes organization was a great experience for the big pivot, he called it a great experience to play and develop under Coach Marty Abams. The Marchment family is no stranger to the Quinte region, Jake's uncle Bryan played of the Bulls from 1985-89 and was the Captain in his final season in the Friendly season and he is the franchise's career penalty minutes leader picking up 861 pims in 208 games played. Jake's father Wayne, is a former Coach of the Wellington Dukes, as well as the Coburg Cougars and the Oshawa Legionaires, as well he worked in the OHL as an Assistant Coach with the Oshawa Generals. Burnett said "Jake is capable of playing in both ends of the rink, uses his size and powerful skating stride to his advantage and likes to play the game with an edge." Last season the Courtice native had 7 goals and 13 apples in 49 games with the Dukes.
2013 CHL Import Draft 56th Overall David Tomasek (C) - Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16, 6'01" 180lbs
David Tomasek is a native of Paha, Czech Republic who has played the last three seasons in North America, something the Bulls think really help him as he makes the switch to Major Jr. He speaks fluent english, he's excited to play in Belleville and to play in the Canadian Hockey League. Last season with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U16 program in Michigan he lead his team in scoring with 29 goals and 19 assists in 39 games. David also had 10 points (5G,5A) in 7 playoff games with the Grizzlies. He posted 13-13-26 scoring totals in 39 games with the Grizzlies in the 2011-12 campaign after notching eight goals and totalling 21 points in only 10 games for Motor City U14s the previous season. Coach Burnett said this about Tomasek. "We're not asking him to come in here and lead our team in scoring..., but all indications are that he's a good young prospect with speed and skill.”
2012 9th Rd 172nd Overall Brody Morris (D) - Wellington Dukes Jr. A. 6'01" 187lbs
Brody played for the Quinte Red Devils in 2012 and suited up for the Dukes last season. He is a big, stay at home type defence man. he is tough to beat out of the corners. He will do whatever it takes to win, like block shots, and battle for pucks. Nothing flashy, he just moves the puck up the ice. Morris had 2 goals and 10 assists in 47 games with the Dukes. Assistant GM Barclay Branch said that " "Brody has the reputation of being a tough customer to deal with in his own zone. He plays with the edge we like to see out of a defensively responsible guy and he's a real competitor."
2011 15th Rd 287th Overall Braydon Banitsiotis (G) - Stouffville Spirit Jr. A. 6'4" 192lbs
Banitsiotis is joining the Bulls full time this season, last year and the year before he had been called up but only dressed in a back up role. he spent last season with Stouffville (OJHL) seeing action in 12 games and going 3-7 with a 4.37 GAA and a .878 SV%. Braydon will play but he will be the understudy.
2013 5th round draft pick Maurizio Colella has committed to the club and will begin his season with the Tier II affiliate Wellington Dukes Jr. A club. Colella is a proven winner, he has 2 OMHA Golds, 2 OMHA silvers and 1 OMHA bronze. Maurizio has good size at 5'11.5" 183lbs and will play a physical game and is really good at grinding the puck down low. Maurizio was a teammate of fellow Bulls rookie Brody Morris on a Team Canada's U16 Ball hockey club in 2012 where he played defence. Don't be surprised to see Colella crack the Bulls line up this season