Future considerations

TY PILSON -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 6:57 AM ET

Last night's National Lacrosse League 2005 entry draft turned into a dry run of sorts for Brad Banister.

As he sat in Edmonton's Rexall Place -- home of the expansion Rush -- the Calgary Roughnecks president and GM was already looking ahead to the 2006 draft.

Banister picked up a pair of 2006 first-round picks in seperate deals yesterday, giving him three first-rounders next year and ample ammo as he looks to move up and get Calgary native Geoff Snider, expected to be one of the top -- if not the best -- player available next year.

"He's definitely a guy we want," said Banister. "We want to try and get him but we also just want to be strong for next year's draft. But, yep, we want him."

Snider, 24, is playing his last year at the University of Denver and his ability to score goals, play defence, take face-offs and drop the mitts makes him a coveted all-around threat. He said he'd love to play for the Riggers.

"I have lots of buddies there and it's my hometown," Snider told the Sun. "I'd love to play in front of the home crowd and my family. It would be great to play in the place you call home."

Before the draft started, Banister traded defender Brad MacDonald to Toronto for the Rock's first-overall pick in next year's draft.

MacDonald, selected in the third round, 23rd overall in 2003, played 25 career games for Calgary, chipping in eight goals and 10 helpers and was an integral part of the club's transition game. The trade is a homecoming of sorts for the Orangeville, Ont., native.

"It's a win-lose situation," said MacDonald after hearing the news. "You lose all the guys I started my career with here in Calgary but it's a new start back home for me.

"I'm kind of excited to go to Toronto but disappointed to leave Calgary."

Banister later dealt the first of his team's three second-round picks, 13th overall, to Buffalo for the Bandits 2006 first-round pick.

Calgary then selected a pair of forwards from the Six Nations Arrows, the country's top-ranked junior A team which is currently playing in the national championship Minto Cup in Edmonton. Callum Crawford, a 20-year-old, was taken 18th overall while 21-year-old Andy Secore was picked 20th overall.

Crawford admitted it's a daunting thought to come into camp this fall and fight for a job on offence behind Calgary stars Tracey Kelusky, Kaleb Toth and Jason Wulder on the right side.

"I'm not going to lie, it's definitely intimidating," said Crawford. "When the time comes, I've got to go there and give it everything I've got and not get pysched out."

Banister dealt his team's third-round pick to Portland for the Lumberjax' fourth-round pick, 34th, last night and its third-round pick in 2007.

With that 34th pick, Calgary took Ryan Tasker from the jr. A Surrey Stickmen. And with its second fourth-round pick, the Riggers selected Calgary Raiders jr. A star Brett Christensen.

The Roughnecks rounded out the draft taking a pair of defenders, selecting Calgarian Andrew Kirkaldy and Paddy Corrigan.


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