BANDITS ACQUIRE BENESCH, WATT FROM SWARMNews | 7/15/2013 3:15:22 PM | Bandits.com
BUFFALO, NY (July 15, 2013) --- Buffalo Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich today announced that the team has acquired forward Ryan Benesch and transition player Andrew Watt from the Minnesota Swarm in exchange for first-round picks in the 2015 and 2016 NLL Entry Draft and a third-round pick in the 2017 NLL Entry Draft.
“We are thrilled to be able to add Ryan and Andrew,” Dietrich said. “I still believe that we are going to build this team through the draft, as we hold four of the top 20 picks in 2014, but adding both Ryan and Andrew helps fill two of our biggest areas of need for both now and the future.”
Benesch (5’9”, 180 lbs., 1/30/85), who was named NLL Rookie of the Year as a member of the Toronto Rock in 2007, has ranked in the top 10 in goal scoring in each of the last three NLL seasons, including a league-leading 46 goals and 95 points in 2011.
“Ryan is a top-five scorer in the league who, at 28 years old, is entering the prime of his career,” Dietrich said. “He is one of the best left-handed offensive players in the game.”
The forward from Kitchener, Ontario has amassed 486 points (210+276) and 467 loose balls in 103 regular-season games during the course of seven NLL seasons with Minnesota, Edmonton and Toronto. In seven playoff appearances, Benesch has added 35 points (15+20) and 37 loose balls.
Watt (6’1”, 205 lbs., 1/9/84), another Kitchener native, has spent his entire five-year NLL career with Minnesota after the Swarm chose him eighth overall in the 2008 NLL Entry Draft.
“Andrew is a very good defensive transition player who will fit into our up-tempo defense and, at 29, also fits into our long term plans,” Dietrich said.
Watt has totaled 67 points (41+30) and 312 loose balls in 68 regular-season games, scoring a career-best 16 goals in 2011 before recording nine points (6+3) in each of the last two seasons. His 13 shorthanded goals are a Swarm franchise record.
Bandits Head Coach Troy Cordingley will appear on Sabres Hockey Hotline on WGR 550 at 10:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 18 to announce his coaching staff for the 2014 NLL season. The show can be heard on 550 AM in Western New York or online at WGR550.com.