Tough d-man nabbed in draft

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks toughened up their defence yesterday, selecting Kyle Laverty with the seventh pick in the National Lacrosse League\'s Ottawa Rebel dispersal draft. Calgary president and GM Brad Banister had his eyes set on another player for their first selection in the three-round draft but was still pleased with Laverty.

\"He\'s a big d-man and he was No. 2 on our list, so I\'m happy we got him,\" said Banister.

\"He\'s a proven commodity in this league and I think he\'ll work out well.\"

Banister had hoped to snare defender/transition man Brenan Day but the San Jose franchise, recently relocated from Albany, took him with the fifth pick.

With their second-round selection, Calgary choose offensive lefty Kevin Dostie, who was fourth in Rebel scoring last season with 21 goals and 13 assists.

Despite his numbers, Dostie will be in tough to crack the team\'s lineup given its current stable of lefties.

The Riggers took John Tarbell with their last pick, a player who was a holdout last season.

Anaheim had the first selection in the draft and choose standout netminder Matt Disher, who had the third-best save percentage in the league last season (.764).

Another notable player selected was Edmonton native Kevin Howard -- who, at one time, was property of the Roughnecks.

Howard was taken fourth overall by the Philadelphia Wings.


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