Fuel ink Burton, Llewellyn

The Indy Fuel announced Thursday the signing of two rookies, defenseman Jack Burton and forward Darby Llewellyn.

Burton is returning to the Fuel after a brief stint on an amateur tryout offer last spring. He played four games with the Fuel and was solid on the team’s blueline.

He recently graduated from Colby College, where he had 22 points in 23 games as a senior last season. He had 52 points in four years, tallying 18 goals and 34 assists. Burton adds size, at 6-3, 214, and mobility to the Indy blueline.

Llewellyn has played the last five seasons for the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers, where he was an alternate captain the last two years. He has tallied 20-goal seasons in three of the last four years, with 23 goals and 20 assists in 59 games with the Rangers last season. Over his OHL career, he has 95 goals and 76 assists in 301 games.

Llewellyn has an Indy connection. His older brother Tristin Llewellyn played junior hockey for the USHL’s Indiana Ice from 2004-06 before a five-year pro career. Darby will be making his pro decut this fall. While a 20-goal scorer, he has also been noted as a strong defensive forward, playing in one of the top developmental leagues in hockey.

The Fuel have 10 forwards and seven defensemen under contract. Llewellyn and Burton join forward Connor Reilly and defenseman Anthony Cortese as the team’s rookies. Burton is also the seventh player who suited up for the Fuel last season to re-sign.

Llewellyn feature from fall 2016

Forwards (10)

  • Nick Bligh (6-0, 185, Milton, Mass.). Age: 24. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: South Carolina Stingrays/Adirondack Thunder/Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Matt Johnson (6-1, 204, Clinton Township, Mich.). Age: 26. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL)
  • (R) Darby Llewellyn (6-0, 190, Ann Arbor, Mich.). Age: 21. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Kitchener Rangers (OHL)
  • (V) Michael Neal (6-3, 220, Whitby, Ont.). Age: 28. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Sonthofen (Germany)/Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (V) Cam Reid (6-2, 187, Delta, B.C.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Ravensburg (Germany)/Heilbronner (Germany)/Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
  • (R) Connor Reilly (6-0, 180, Chanhassen, Minn.). Age: 25. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Minnesota (NCAA)
  • (RFD) Matt Rupert (5-8, 175, London, Ont.). Age: 23. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • (RFD) Ryan Rupert (5-8, 173, London, Ont.). Age: 23 Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Binghamton Senators (AHL)/Wichita Thunder (ECHL)
  • Andrew Schmit (6-5, 220, Grafton, Wis.). Age: 25. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Pensacola Ice Flyers (SPHL)
  • (V) Geoff Walker (6-3, 225, Charlottetown, PEI). Age: 29. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Fassa (Alps)/Sheffield Steelers (Britain)

Defensemen (7)

  • Travis Armstrong (6-5, 215, Smith Falls, Ont.). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Roanoke (SPHL)/Norfolk/Brampton/Manchester/Idaho/Indy (ECHL)
  • (R) Jack Burton (6-3, 214, Reiserstown, Md.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Colby College (NCAA-3)/Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Garrett Clarke (6-1, 205, Windsor, N.S.). Age: 24. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Brampton Beast (ECHL)
  • (R) Anthony Cortese (5-11, 185, Pierrefonds, Que.). Age: 23. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Concordia University (OUAA)
  • Nolan Descoteaux (6-1, 205, Dallas, Tex.). Age: 27. Shoots: L. 2016-17 team: Missouri Mavericks/Alaska Aces (ECHL)
  • (V) Zach Miskovic (6-1, 197, River Forest, Ill.). Age: 32. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)
  • Chris Williams (6-2, 220, Pottstown, Pa.). Age: 26. Shoots: R. 2016-17 team: Indy Fuel (ECHL)