Rebel makes the rounds

TODD SAELHOF -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

What was to become a future force of the NLL in the eyes of team management was dispersed yesterday across the continent. One day after the Ottawa Rebel suspended operations, its players were claimed by the remaining 11 teams in a dispersal draft.

\"It hurts,\" said former Rebel GM Lindsay Sanderson. \"Especially when we found late (Wednesday). It bothers me because I thought we have six or seven players we could have built a future around. We felt good about it, even though our (4-12) record didn\'t show it.\"

The new Anaheim franchise, which officially relocated last week from New Jersey, should feel good about making goaltender Matt Disher the first overall pick. Disher was among the best of the league\'s goalies last season, especially early in the season when keeping the Rebel buzzing near the .500 mark.

\"That\'s a big step for Anaheim,\" said Sanderson of Disher, who finished with a third-best .764 save percentage during the 2003 campaign.

CODD WENT SECOND

Captain Bruce Codd went second to New York, which is also facing financial burdens. Defenceman Scott Self was the third pick by Columbus and rounding out the top five was forward Kevin Howard (Philadelphia) and Brennan Day (San Jose).

\"He just finished his hockey career (at UBC), and he\'s a beaut,\" said Sanderson of Day, 24. \"That\'s a guy I would\'ve went after.\"

Young stars Jamie Roy (Vancouver), Kyle Laverty (Calgary) and Brad Self (Colorado) were selected ahead of Ottawa\'s top two scorers -- Jason Clark, with 57 points, went ninth to Buffalo and, surprisingly, Mat Giles, who led the Rebel with 34 goals and 60 points, was taken 10th by Rochester.

Ryan Painter, who had a team-high 45 goals two years ago before a pre-season car accident sidelined him with whiplash and a concussion for much of last season, was taken as the last pick in the first round by the defending-champion Toronto Rock.

\"If Paint\'s healthy, he\'s top two or three on our club,\" said Sanderson. \"He\'ll be fine after having over a year to become healthy.\"

Also picked were goalie Andrew Leyshon (13th to New York) and Orleans native Kevin Dostie (18th to Calgary).


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