And so it came to pass and the Edmonton Rush made it official last night, using the No. 1 overall entry draft pick on Mark Matthews. The Rush then used the No. 8 overall pick on forward Curtis Knight, who just so happens to have been a teammate of Matthews with the Junior A Whitby Warriors. Who just so happens to be coached by Rush coach Derek Keenan. “Playing the summer under him definitely helped in knowing the systems and everything that he uses out there,” Matthews told the Edmonton Sun. It works for Keenan, too. “Familiarity is a good thing, I certainly know what I’m getting with those picks,” he told the Sun. For a draft recap and team-by-team list of picks, check it out after the jump.
Keenan says the weight of the world won’t rest on Matthews and he won’t be viewed as any type of savior. He likes the cast already assembled in Edmonton and Matthews should step in and be one more viable option, not simply the answer. Even if he hasn’t played indoor lacrosse since 2011.
“I haven’t played (indoors) for a while but I practised with the Warriors and Derek over the course of the summer a bit to get the rust off and work on the speed and agility I’ll need in the NLL game,” Matthews told The Associated Press.
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The Calgary Roughnecks were beaming after the draft, thrilled that they were able to land 3 of the 4 players they had targeted. They’re most excited about American Frank Resetarits, who GM Mike Board said is ready for the pro game. “Joe’s a premier offensive player on the right side. He can score from down low, score off the crease, score from (the point) — big student of the game. He’s an American, but he grew up on the border playing lacrosse. (Basically) Canadian style. We’re going to convert him here.” (Calgary Herald) … The Washington Stealth wanted to add some depth to the left side of their offense, especially after the retirement of Cam Sedgwick. But when Mitchell Jones was still available at the No. 21 pick, the Stealth could hardly believe their good fortune and proceeded to “steal” Jones. “We came in looking for another weapon on the left side and there was no way we could pass up on a guy with his talent and the types of numbers he’s put up,” coach Chris Hall said. (Everett Herald) … The Bandits wanted some young offense and Dhane Smith wanted to play for the Bandits. Both wishes came true last night with the No. 5 overall draft pick. “Yeah, for sure getting drafted by Buffalo was my goal,” Smith said. (Kitchener-Waterloo Record) … The Toronto Rock didn’t make their first selection until No. 14, but they’re pretty excited in the potential of defender Bradley Kri. “He’s got another year of Junior A eligibility, we’ll be patient with him and he’s still got a lot of time to develop into a regular in the NLL,” GM Terry Sanderson said. (TorontoRock.com).
5. Dhane Smith (Kitchener, ON), 13. Hayden Smith (Orangeville, ON), 16. Jordan Critch (Orangeville, ON), 18. Carter Bender (University of Hartford), 22. Kevin Brownell (Robert Morris University), 31. Joel Matthews (University of Detroit Mercy), 40. Wenster Green (Six Nations, ON)
6. Joe Resetarits (University of Albany), 7. Matthew Dinsdale (Coquitlam, BC), 17. Jackson Decker (Burnaby, BC), 36. Chad Cummings (Kitchener, ON), 45. Kyle Dexter (Calgary, AB), 50. Curtis Pridham (Calgary, AB), 54. Myles Dennett (Calgary, AB)
9. Colton Clark (Bellarmine University), 44. Jaden Gastaldo (Burnaby, BC), 53. Alex Demopoulos (University of Denver)
1. Mark Matthews (Denver University), 8. Curtis Knight (Whitby, ON), 15. Michael Cudmore (University of Hartford), 28. Michael Burke (Brampton, ON), 33.* Simon Giourmetakis (Canisius College), 35.* Mitchell Bannister (Okotokes, AB), 55. Kyle Goodchild (University of Hartford)
2. Brock Sorenson (Ohio State University), 3. Kiel Matisz (Robert Morris University), 4. Shayne Jackson (Limestone College), 10. Alex Crepinsek (Rochester Institute of Technology), 24. Sam Bradman (Salisbury College), 37.* Tyler Tanguay (Adrian College), 42. Bryan Campbell (Brock University), 46.* Matt Gibson (Yale University), 49.** Michael Teeter (Victoria, BC), 51. Chris Cudmore (Mars Hill College)
32. Michael Manley (Duke University), 39. CJ Costabile (Duke University), 41. Kevin Randall (University of Notre Dame)
26. Robbie Campbell (Stony Brook University), 29. Cody Hawkins (Delta, BC), 38. Matt Hummel (Mercyhurst University), 47. Chris Attwood (St. Catharines, ON), 56. Cody McLeod (Orangeville, ON)
14. Bradley Kri (Orangeville, ON), 20. Mike Lum-Walker (Whitby, ON), 25. Kyle Pereira (Brampton, ON), 27. Kyle Belton (Stony Brook University), 34. Dustin Caravello (Orangeville, ON), 43. Robert Koger (Georgetown University), 52. Tyler Glebe (London, ON)
11. Tyler Garrison (Coquitlam, BC), 12. Billy Hostrawser (Orangeville, ON), 19. Justin Pychel (Six Nations, ON), 21. Mitch Jones (Orangeville, ON), 23. Tim Henderon (Army), 30. TJ Cowx (Mars Hill), 48. Kyle Buchanan (Robert Morris University)
* The Minnesota Swarm traded the 33rd & 35th overall selections in the 2012 Draft to the Edmonton Rush in exchange for the 37th & 46th overall selections and Edmonton’s 3rd round selection in the 2013 Draft.
** The Calgary Roughnecks traded the 49th overall selection in the 2012 Draft to the Minnesota Swarm in exchange for Minnesota’s 6th round selection in the 2013 Draft.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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