Roughnecks fill needs with draft, trades

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

The Calgary Roughnecks grabbed the impact lefty forward and bruising defender they wanted, plus added five players with potential yesterday.

So, can we call this year's National Lacrosse League draft a raving success?

"I'm the GM, of course I'm going to say A-plus," Roughnecks general manager Kurt Silcott said from Denver.

"We definitely got two guys who can step in and play, plus a few kids who have potential to do something down the road.

"Everything pretty much fell the way we hoped and we got what we wanted out of this draft. We're really pleased."

With the fourth pick, Silcott took Burnaby Lakers junior star Dane Dobbie, a left-handed playmaker who should be a good compliment to the Roughnecks power trio of Lewis Ratcliff, Tracey Kelusky and Kaleb Toth.

Dobbie, who is 5-ft.-9, 185 lb., had four points yesterday as Burnaby lost the Minto Cup final 19-8 to Six Nations.

"He's a small lefty but plays a bit like Josh Sanderson," Silcot said, comparing Dobbie to the Toronto Rock star.

Then Silcott got into trade mode, dealing recently acquired defender Ian Llord and the 38th pick to Buffalo for the 10th and the 22nd selections.

With those picks, the Riggers grabbed Peter McFeteridge, a strong right-handed defender, and another lefty forward, Jamie Lincoln, who both play for the Lakers.

In getting the players he wanted, Silcott flipped his two second-round picks to Portland in exchange for another lefty forward, Kelly Hall.

Hall scored 41 points between the Lumberjax and Minnesota Swarm last season and gives the Roughnecks plenty of depth on that side.

Silcott said Lincoln may go to Denver University and wouldn't remain Roughnecks property, but the trade was worth it for the chance he comes to the NLL.

With their other picks, the Roughnecks took lefty forward Scott DeFransesco, faceoff specialist John McLure, huge netminder and Calgary Mountaineers product Geoff Rainsford and right-handed forward Kyle Morwick.

Calgary product Keegan Davidson went to Boston with the 20th overall pick.


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