September 21, 2011
Prime pickins' for Riggers
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
CALGARY - Dave Pym feels a little like a kid at Christmas.
Sitting with picks No. 5, 7 and 11 in Wednesday’s National Lacrosse League entry draft, the Calgary Roughnecks are primed to add some talented players to an already deep roster.
“We feel we can acquire a few kids who will really push the guys who are currently with the organization,” said the Riggers head coach from Toronto, where the draft will be held at 5 p.m.
“The guys will have to come prepared to win jobs on this team this year because of the talent that is out there.”
The Philadelphia Wings are expected to take New Westminster Salmonbellies product Kevin Crowley with the first pick, but after that the order gets interesting.
The Rochester Knighthawks hold No. 2 and there is no telling which direction they could go.
Any one of forwards Stephen Keogh (Six Nations), Adam Jones (Orangeville), Jordan MacIntosh (Burlington) or 18-year-old Johnny Powless (Six Nations) could go at that pick.
At five and seven, there is a chance the Riggers could grab a strong offensive player, plus pick up defender Travis Cornwall, who was a beast for the Coquitlam Adanacs at this year’s Minto Cup.
“We’re sitting in a strong position,” Pym said. “We’re going to see where other teams go and we should be able to dictate what happens after us. We’re in a phenomenal position and that credit goes to Brad (Banister).”
The Riggers don’t have their own pick from this draft, as it was traded away, but former GM and owner Banister did get the two first-rounders in trades. Pick No. 5 completes the Josh Sanderson deal with the defunct Boston Blazers, while No. 7 was acquired from Washington for defender Jeff Moleski.
Even at pick No. 11, Pym is confident the Riggers will get a decent prospect.
Don’t be surprised if they try to grab Langley’s Jamie Lincoln, a player the Riggers selected a few years ago before he decided to head to Hofstra University.
Once Boston’s roster was dispersed, there are 23 fewer jobs left in the league, making it tough for rookies to break in.
“Still, there might be 12 to 15 of these kids in our league this year,” Pym said.