BANDITS SELECT FIVE PLAYERS, ACQUIRE RESETARITS AND JONES AT 2013 NLL DRAFTNews | 9/17/2013 9:28:41 AM | Bandits.com
TORONTO -- The Buffalo Bandits have selected five players in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft, also making trades to acquire forward Joe Resetarits from the Calgary Roughnecks as well as Mitch Jones from the Vancouver Stealth.
Resetarits, who was acquired along with the 15th overall pick in this year's draft in exchange for this year's 10th overall selection and Buffalo's second-round pick in 2015, is coming off his rookie season in the NLL in 2013 as a member of the Roughnecks. Appearing in 14 games, the 24-year old (6'0”, 190 lbs.) registered 24 points (8+16) and recovered 24 loose balls. Resetarits, a native of nearby Hamburg, NY, attended colllege at Albany University.
"We wanted to address some offense," said Bandits General Manager Steve Dietrich. "Bringing Joe back home, a first round pick last year, helps (with that)."
After completing the trade, Buffalo ended up with consecutive picks in the second-round. With the 14th selection, the club selected transition player Nick Diachenko. The Coutice, Ontario native recently completed his senior season in which he led the Blue Hens in scoring and finished with 39 goals, the fifth best total in the league. Diachenko (6'0”, 185 lbs.) was also named a Colonial Athletic Association Second-Team All-Star in 2013.
The Bandits then opted to choose another transition player, Mitch Wilde (Robert Morris University), at 15th overall. The 6'3”, 175 lb is coming off his best season as a member of the Colonials, as he contributed seven points (3+4) in 13 games.
"Both (Diachenko and Wilde) are big guys and tremendous athletes. They will fit right into (Head Coach) Troy (Cordingley's) style," Dietrich acknowledged.
Buffalo then opted to make its second deal of the night, acquiring Jones for a pair of draft picks, including the 20th overall in 2013 and a 2015 fifth-round selection. Jones, who competed in his inaugural NLL campaign over the 2013 season, suited up for three games for Vancouver and chipped-in three points (1+3). The 21 year-old (6'2”, 185 lbs.), was the 21st overall pick in 2012 after amassing over 100 goals and 200 assists in 70 games as a forward for three years in the Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League.
At 38th overall in the fifth round, the Bandits nabbed goaltender Eric Penney from the St. Catharines Athletics (Junior A). Born in Rexdale, Ontario, Penney (6’1’’, 215 lbs.) is just 19 years old and was a co-recipient of the Ted Howe Sr. Award for Regular Season MVP in 2012.
The 5'8", 140 lb. transition player spent 2013 as a member of the Okotoks Raiders Junior A squad. Pym, a 21 year-old Alberta native tallied 59 points (25+34) over 28 contests in his final season with the Raiders.
To cap-off the night, the Bandits acquired a sixth round selection (53rd overall) in 2013 from the Toronto Rock for a sixth round selection in 2014. The club opted to use the pick to choose forward Dylan Goddard from the Clarington Green Gaels (Junior B). This past season, Goddard was second in Junior B scoring with 120 points, while also becoming the Green Gaels' all-time assists leader. The Courtice, Ontario native (5'10", 175 lbs.) is also a two-time OLA Junior B MVP and scoring leader.
"We need to improve and we have started to do that," Dietrich noted following the conclusion of his team's draft. (Head coach) Cordingley also elaborated, stating, "there is a long ways to go, but we are pleased with what has happened so far."