Trade Analysis: Powless in Minnesota

March 31, 2015

Photo by Derek Cain The Minnesota Swarm were busy come the trade deadline early today. Having already traded captain Andrew Suitor to New England for Joel White and a 2017 second round draft pick, the Swarm made a move to send Logan Schuss to his hometown team the Vancouver Stealth. In return the Swarm received three time NLL Champion Johnny Powless. Schuss has missed a number of games and practices…


Minnesota Swarms Into Colorado

March 15, 2015

The Minnesota Swarm have struggled once again this year to get the winning of games down consistently. This season has seen the Swarm only win three games out of their nine games played, and only really dominate one game against the New England Black Wolves. The go into Sunday nights tilt in the Mile High City with a 3-6 record and in last place in the East Division, sitting at…


Minnesota’s Goaltending Conundrum

January 22, 2015

The Minnesota Swarm are two games into the 2015 season and are already struggling between the pipes. In the offseason the Swarm swapped goalies with the Edmonton rush, trading Tyler Carlson and in return getting Brodie MacDonald. Macdonald got the start in the season/ home opener on January 3rd against a very talented Colorado Mammoth team. While Macdonald spent most of the game keeping the Swarm in the contest, they…


2015 NLL Breakout Players: Brodie MacDonald

October 19, 2014

Brodie MacDonald is the Swarm’s newest goalie. The 25-year-old Vernon, B.C. native was acquired by the Swarm in a trade with the Edmonton Rush, prior to the NLL Entry Draft. In the trade the Swarm sent Tyler Carlson and draft picks. With trading last year’s starting goalie for the young back-up from Edmonton, the Swarm have opened the door for MacDonald to start making a name for himself as a…


Miles Thompson Adds New Element in Minnesota

September 26, 2014

The Minnesota Swarm got the most well known young player in Monday night’s Entry Draft: Miles Thompson. The Swarm got a bit lucky in being able to draft Thompson after an early morning trade by the Rochester Knighthawks that sent Johnny Powless and Joel McCready for the Vancouver Stealth’s second overall pick for later that evening. This trade blew up almost everyone’s mock drafts, including my own. With this trade…


What Do the Rattlers Need for Next Year

September 8, 2014

The Rochester Rattlers had one of the most impressive seasons this year, especially when you think that they went 6-8 during their 2013 campaign. The Rattlers were able to garner the top seed in the MLL playoffs, with a record of 10-4. During the last draft the Rattlers were able to draft Jordan Wolf, Miles and Ty Thompson, and Mark Cockerton. Now Ty Thompson only played in one game and…


Will Higgins get a Shot with the Swarm?

August 21, 2014

The Minnesota Swarm now have a small goalie situation because the team trade Tyler Carlson, who was more or less the default starting goalie for the last two seasons, for Brodie MacDonald now formerly of the Edmonton Rush. This creates a bit of a dilemma for the coaches. Macdonald has shown in a few games to have the goods to produce as a number one in the NLL, but it…


From Bottom to Top: The Lizards in Review

August 19, 2014

The New York Lizards this season were one of top teams in the MLL. They made the playoffs as the second seed, were second in goals against, were tied for the best home record in the league, the best penalty kill, had the number two point getter in the MLL in Rob Pannell, and had one of the top goalies in the league this season. The Lizards accomplished all but…


Minnesota Gets a Veteran in the Defense in Grimes

August 16, 2014

Photo Credit: Dan Brodie The Minnesota Swarm traded for Mike Grimes who was under contract with the Vancouver Stealth. The Swarm gave up both Dane Stevens and Tyler Hass, while getting Grimes and a third round pick in the 2016 draft. Acquiring Grimes gives the Swarm a veteran leader on the back line. As an eight-year veteran of the NLL, Grimes has played in 115 games over those eight years….


Minnesota Buzzing in the Offseason

August 5, 2014

After a very disappointing season by the Minnesota Swarm, in which the team went 4-14 and scored fewer than 200 goals on the season, the Swarm have been one of the more active teams in this offseason. They have already thrown out their usual playbook of acquiring as many draft picks as possible and started to trade away some of their horded surplus of picks. Sticking to the game plan…