Roughnecks goalie coming up Roses

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:22 PM ET

Nick Rose was so happy Friday morning, he almost felt like humming a Peaches and Herb tune.

'Reunited and it feels so good.'

When the Calgary Roughnecks took the goaltender with the seventh pick in the Boston Blazers dispersal draft, Rose was suddenly back alongside Mike Poulin.

The two netminders spent a year and a half in Boston together following two seasons as junior teammates in Orangeville, Ont.

"We can't get away from each other," said Rose, who considers the incumbent Riggers starter a close friend.

"If guys don't get along, it could be disaster for a team. We hang out whenever we can here in Ontario. I'm excited to push him and make him better. We should be a good tandem."

The Roughnecks met their No.-1 need as National Lacrosse League teams picked over the Blazers roster, but all remaining nine NLL teams improved Friday.

The Philadelphia Wings took perennial scoring lead contender Dan Dawson with the first pick, while the Edmonton Rush grabbed defender Kyle Rubisch, who had a strong rookie campaign in 2011.

The defending champion Toronto Rock also improved, trading their first round pick (ninth) and a first-round entry draft pick in 2012 to get former Rigger Josh Sanderson, who Minnesota took at No. 4.

The Rochester Knighthawks may have had the steal of the dispersal by getting forward Casey Powell at No. 14.

The Swarm picked up goalie Anthony Cosmo at No. 3, leaving his back available to the Riggers four picks later.

"We're ecstatic," said Riggers head coach Dave Pym. "Coming up through junior, Nick has always been an elite goaltender. He's played some minutes in this league.

"He gives us an option if Poulin has an off night or gets hurt or whatever."

Rose has only fond memories of Calgary. In 2008, he led Orangeville to a Minto Cup championship at Mx Bell Centre.

Joining the Roughnecks is an ideal situation for him. Outside of Poulin, Rose already played with forward Daryl Veltman and defender Jon Harnett.

In junior, one of Rose's coaches was Roughnecks defender Bruce Codd. This will be Rose's first time suiting up with Codd though, as the veteran defender actually coached him in minor lacrosse.

"He's probably known me since I was born," Rose said. "It will be interesting playing with him but I'm excited for it."

With their second pick, the Riggers took lefty forward Geoff McNulty, who had three goals and six assists in nine games last season for Boston.

The Riggers also took forward Brock Armour, who played for Calgary assistant coach Curt Malawsky a few years ago with Victoria.

Both players will be depth as the lefty mix is looking like a strong side of the offence with league MVP Jeff Shattler, Veltman and Dane Dobbie.

"He's a sparkplug," Rose said of McNulty. "He's the kind of kid who doesn't need the ball. He can set picks and roll around.

"He's an Energizer bunny out there. He will be an asset to the team if he has a good camp and can stick around. I look forward to being his teammate again."


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