Wednesday, August 1, 2012

NBC Presents: Player Movement in the NLL

How long until I'm in touch with their legal department? 
This post has been graciously sponsored by the wonderful people at NBC! Upon their advisement, this article is being posted this Wednesday morning instead on Saturday night when it was originally written.  Prime time baby!

By Mike Wilson

At the beginning of the 2012 NLL season, the Rush were without one of the best lacrosse players in the world in Brodie Merrill, and had little to show for it. They had the rights to Athan Iannucci and Paul Rabil at different times in the season, but both refused to step on the floor in a Rush uniform.

After a long wait, Edmonton finally traded Rabil to Rochester for forward Jarrett Davis. Some were shocked that the Knighthawks were able to pull off this deal one for one, but at this point, Edmonton had little to no leverage.

Davis had 7 goals and 21 assists last season for 28 points, putting him 7th in team scoring for his old club. That point total would have put him 7th on the Rush, just above Tom Johnson. 

Derek Keenan was quoted saying that the team needed help on the right side, although Davis being a right hander might be a kink further down this plan. If he means left side then he's the guy you're looking for! Either way, the Rush were second last in the league in regular season goals this past campaign and adding young offensive players helps that, especially when you trade your top scorer on the same day.

Edmonton forward Shawn Williams was sent to the Swarm for 2 second round draft picks, giving the Rush picks that they have desperately missed in previous years.

These trades show a youth movement that could be headed for the Rush in the coming years. Davis is only 25 and will be added to the squad along with Mark Mathews* and another first rounder, baring a trade. The team only drafted a single player last year, Jesse Fehr who was a third round pick.

Once the Swarm has acquired Williams, they immediately flipped him along with the no.5 overall pick, 2 second rounders, and Brendon Doran, for the 3rd overall pick in this years draft, giving them EVERY DRAFT PICK FOREVER.

Other trades that were made had Aaron Pascas and Kevin Ross both traded closer to home. Pascas went to Calgary for a third round pick, while Ross went to Philadelphia, where he can finally start chilling out, maxing, relaxing by the pool, and shooting some B-ball outside of the school.

In that deal the Swarm received ANOTHER  FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK! COME ON!

*Come on, they're drafting Matthews. Let's be serious.

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