The Belleville Bulls have gave notice to everyone in the OHL that they are serious about making a run at the J. Ross Robertson Cup. In the preseason Belleville was an early pick to be a contender in the OHL's Eastern Conference. With NHL prospects Malcolm Subban (Boston), Brendan Gaunce (Vancouver), Austen Brassard (Winnipeg), Daniil Zharkov (Edmonton), Joseph Cramarossa (Anaheim), and Brady Austin (Buffalo) along with the NHL draft eligible Jordan Subban and Charlie Graham and not to mention a strong group of veterans lead by Stephen Silas and the trio of Micheal Curtis, Carter Sandlak and Garrett Hooey. Throw in the strongest group of rookies the Bulls have had in the line up in a while and you can see why people had picked the Bulls to contend,
All season Belleville has looked strong battling the Oshawa Generals for 1st in the East Division, the penalty killing unit has been ranked in the Top 5 all season spending the majority of time in the top two. Belleville is as stingy as they come, leading the league with an impressive 95 goals against. On the other side of the coin the Bulls have managed to score a disappointing 103 goals and the power play has been brutal, running at 14.3% and is ranked dead last in the OHL. General Manger George Burnett seen this and knew he had to do something to improve both of those numbers if he wants his club to have a lengthy playoff run. It started with bringing in a pair of Ottawa 67's. First he brought in OA blue liner Jake Cardwell in early November and then it was Forward Tyler Graovac (Minnesota) last week and today they made a deal with an other division rival the Peterborough Petes.
Belleville sent 2nd Round picks in 2015, 2016 and 2018 to the liftlock city for former Kingston Frontenacs Forward Alan Quine. The Detroit Redwings prospect has 26 points in 26 games this season. Quine is a very fine skater, who should benefit from the big ice at the Yardman Arena and will improve the Bulls overall team speed. Alan has scored over 25 goals twice in his career and is a creative play maker. His skill and speed along with his very competent face off skills should also help the power play.The addition of the Ottawa Native gives the Bulls a very strong top six with scoring depth and in turn also makes the bottom six very strong. Alan comes in being familiar with Coach Burnett. He played for the Bulls Bench Boss in 2010-11 at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, where he helped Canada win gold. Quine is quick learner who listens to his coaches and wants to improve his game for the next level. He will fit in, he knows that this trade helps him moving forward as much as it helps the Bulls.
Alan Quine will make his Belleville debut wearing number 12 on the road Friday night in Kingston Vs the Frontenacs.