Roughnecks owner expects draft picks to make impact

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:56 AM ET

Brad Banister has his man, and now there is pressure on Curtis Dickson to perform.

The Calgary Roughnecks took the right-handed forward with the No. 3 pick in Wednesday's National Lacrosse League draft.

It just so happens that was the pick they acquired by shipping off 2010 leading scorer and 2009 Champion's Cup MVP Josh Sanderson to the Boston Blazers.

"He knows where he fit in this draft, being really sought-a fter," said Banister, the Roughnecks owner-general manager.

"He knows he should step in and play right away. Will he be a Josh Sanderson? I doubt it. But he's going to add to our right-handed side, for sure."

The Riggers went into the draft needing to add offence after moving both Sanderson and Craig Conn this off-season.

Left-hander Daryl Veltman, who came over from Boston as well, slides into Sanderson's spot in the front-line mix, while Dickson takes over for Conn.

Scoring shouldn't be a problem for the Port Coquitlam, B.C., native. At Delaware, he led the NCAA with 62 goals and 75 points.

"I am so excited to be able to have a chance to play pro lacrosse," Dickson told NLLinsider.com.

"It is something I have been dreaming of for a long time now, and having the opportunity before me now is pretty cool. I just want to help whatever team I get chosen to -- to win. Whatever they need me to do is what I will do."

With two more first-round picks, the Riggers added a physical defender and a lefty forward.

Banister took Brampton product Dan MacRae with the sixth-overall pick then grabbed Brandon Ivey from the Orangeville Northmen at No. 8.

Banister expects all three players to make a push for a roster spot this season.

"There was lots of trade talk here, but we just shut the door and focused on the draft," Banister said from Toronto, where the draft was held.

"We did real well. We spread it out good and we're solid right now."

With the 17th overall pick, the Riggers took for ward Derek Hopcroft from Bellarmine University.

Local product Jordan Sealock, a transition player, went to the Riggers at No. 32, while defender Nick Bilic was taken at 39 and Calgary Raiders goalie Greg Hallett rounded out the draft at No. 49.

Overall, Banister is happy with the way it all went.

"We stole a lot of guys," Banister said. "Our camp should be really competitive.

"We are younger and quicker and have different look to us this year. I'm excited about it."


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