Rock trades first-round pick for Sharp

DAN ILIKA, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:05 PM ET

The Toronto Rock has solidified its back end by adding transition player Ryan Sharp from the Minnesota Swarm in exchange for a 2013 first-round pick.

“Hopefully it’s a move that’s going to help us and we’re really happy for Ryan to join us,” Rock general manager Terry Sanderson said. “He makes us a little grittier.”

Sharp, 28, brings toughness and size to a Rock team who has struggled with injuries to start the 2011 campaign.

The 6-foot-1 Sharp appeared in just one game for the Swarm this season, grabbing 12 loose balls.

In 2006 Sharp played in 16 games and had 16 goals and 14 assists to go with a career-high 137 loose balls while playing for the Portland Lumberjacks. Sharp’s performance that season earned him an all-star nod.

In three seasons with the Peterborough Lakers, Sharp has won three Canadian senior-A Mann Cup titles.

Sharp was selected in the second round of the 2005 NLL draft by the Calgary Roughnecks.

Over his NLL career the Peterborough native has played with Calgary, Portland and Minnesota.

LEBLANC HONOURED

Rock forward Stephan Leblanc was named the NLL’s player of the week for Week 3 of the season after a 17-point weekend performance.

The second-year player had five goals and four assists in Friday’s win over the Boston Blazers and added three goals and five assists in the Toronto’s Saturday night loss to the Buffalo Bandits.

Leblanc’s five goals Friday ties a career high.

The sophomore player has had at least three goals in each of the Rock’s four games this season.

Leblanc looks to continue his stellar play Friday night when the Rock host the bandits at the Air Canada Centre.


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