Trades, Drafts, and New Faces in the NLL

by Ryan

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We haven’t talked about the Bandits since their loss against New York in the NLL playoffs last spring. However there is some news worth discussing on the Buffalo lacrosse front.

Over the summer the complexion of the league has changed shape yet again. The team that beat Buffalo in the playoffs no longer exists. Well okay, they exist, but they live in Orlando now.

Portland is no more, and the San Jose Stealth are now setting up shop in the state of Washington. That’s quite a bit of turnover for what’s now just an 11-team league, but so it goes when it comes to indoor lacrosse. League stability and finances aside, indoor lacrosse pushes forth.

Now that the NLL has announced their schedule for the 2010 season, the league’s focus is now on the NLL Draft. The six-round draft will be held in Buffalo tomorrow at 7pm and will be closed to the public. However, fans will be able to follow the draft online on NLL.com.

The Bandits do not pick in the draft’s first round, but they do have six picks in this year’s entry draft. The earliest pick comes in the second round, 19th overall. After that the team will have the 21st (2), 24th (3), 39th and 40th (4), and 60th (6) picks in the draft. The full draft order can be found here, but expect that list to change before Wednesday night.

Buffalo has made a few trades leading up to the NLL Draft. First they sent transition player Pat McCready to Toronto for picks, and swapped defenseman Phil Sanderson for Toronto’s Chris Driscoll. The Rock defenseman registered 22 points (7+15) in 16 games last season, but has 573 points in his 17-year NLL career.

Expectations still remain high for a Bandits team that underacheived last season. Despite the turmoil facing the league, Buffalo remains a lacrosse hotbed and looks to have another strong season at the box office. No fans will be at tomorrow’s draft, but plenty of people seem interested in who Buffalo will have the rights to at the end of the night.

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