Pair of rookies join Fuel

INDIANAPOLIS The Indy Fuel, ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks and the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, announced that they have added a pair of rookies to their 2017-18 roster, signing defenseman Jack Burton and forward Darby Llewellyn.

Burton rejoins the Fuel after a brief stint in Indy during the 2016-17 season. The 24-year-old appeared in four games with the Fuel last season on a tryout basis, making his professional debut on March 18 against the Kalamazoo Wings. Prior to joining the Fuel, Burton played four seasons at Colby College. In 85 career games with the Mules, Burton registered 52 points (18g-34a) and 76 penalty minutes. Before his time at Colby, the native of Baltimore, Md. spent two seasons with the Boston Jr. Bandits in the Eastern Junior Hockey League.

Llewellyn looks to make his professional debut after skating with the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers for five seasons, including serving as the club’s alternate captain from 2015-17. The 21-year-old compiled 171 points (95g-76a) over 301 career OHL contests, including a junior career-high 43 points (23g-20a) in 2016-17. Hailing from Ann Arbor, Mich., Llewellyn is a product of the Detroit club hockey landscape, playing two years in the Belle Tire Bantam AAA program before joining the Honeybaked U16 program in 2011-12.