No sure sticks in second round

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:11 AM ET

Kurt Silcott is absolutely certain the Calgary Roughnecks will score at No. 4.

It's the general manager's two second-round picks in today's National Lacrosse League entry draft in Denver that will prove if team's scouting was done properly.

With the fourth, 16th and 24th overall picks, the Roughnecks are hoping to add some depth but also hit the jackpot on a future star.

"We're pretty confident in the first pick," Silcott said.

"Depending on who is available, we'll know what that player can do. He will be more established.

"The next two picks will be players who we think can turn into good players in a couple of years. You never know with guys like that.

"When you take a kid who is 18, 19 or 20, some of those kids pan out and some don't. We have our eye on a few guys we think will develop into great players in a few years. Hopefully, we'll be right about them."

Silcott figures there are about five impact players in this draft.

Names such as Merrick Thomson, Frank Resetarits, Jordan Hall, Craig Point and Dane Dobbie are likely to be called right after the draft gets going at 2 p.m. today.

The Roughnecks would like to grab a left-handed offensive player to compliment Lewis Ratcliff at some point.

But with the recent retirement of veteran Andy Ogilvie, Silcott has some concern about the defence as well.

"We would like to secure a lefty but we know defence wins championships as well," said Silcott, who had been busy this off-season trading for goalie Steve Dietrich to shore up the netminding situation.

"We have an MVP-calibre goalie, so if we can shore up our defence, we have a lot of scoring on our team already. Any time you can make your defence better, you make the whole team better."

Calgary acquired its top pick from Philadelphia last season in exchange for lefty forward Kyle Wailes, while Buffalo owns the Roughnecks pick (10th overall) as part of the Dietrich trade.

Expansion club Boston will select first, with Philadelphia and New York picking before the Roughnecks get to the podium.

In total, the Roughnecks have seven picks and will likely grab some local talent in the late rounds.

Two Calgary products participated in the NLL combine yesterday in Denver.

Forward Keegan Davidson of Notre Dame de Namur will likely be picked in the first couple of rounds, while goalie Geoff Rainsford from the Mountaineers junior-A team could be a late-round selection.

Plenty of lacrosse players develop late and a star may emerge from a later pick.

Ratcliff, the leading scorer for the Riggers last year, was a fourth-round pick in 2001.

"I'm sitting here in Denver talking with the (team's braintrust) to make sure we find some players who turn into dependable assets down the stretch," Silcott said.

"There's a lot of young kids out there that have a lot of promise and talent.


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