Rookie Analysis: Calgary Roughnecks

December 12, 2014

Heading into a weekend set of games against the Toronto Rock and the Minnesota Swarm, Calgary Roughnecks rookies were afforded plenty of opportunity to show both the coaching staff and management that they deserved a spot on the Roughnecks active roster. The Roughnecks didn’t select until 16th overall in the most recent NLL draft, when they selected the towering 6’10”, 245 pound defender Tyson Roe out of the Nanaimo Timbermen WLA program….


NLL Scouting Report: Calgary Roughnecks

December 11, 2014

In the Roughnecks Sunday afternoon matchup against the Minnesota Swarm they didn’t dress their full compliment of players, as big names like Shawn Evans, Jeff Shattler, Curtis Dickson, Jon Harnett, Greg Harnett and Tor Reinholdt were missing from their lineup. With that being said it’s fairly easy to see what the Roughnecks coaching staff is looking to do with team this season. The offense ran through Dan Dobbie with Evans…


Swarm Go 2-0 in Pre Season Contests

December 8, 2014

With both teams coming off wins in their Pre-Season debuts, the Minnesota Swarm and Calgary Roughnecks took to the floor to do battle, with largely different rosters from the previous nights game. Out for the Roughnecks where Shawn Evans, Jeff Shattler, Curtis Dickson, Jon Harnett, Curtis Manning and Tor Reinholdt, while Minnesota was without, captain Andrew Suitor and Logan Schuss. The Minnesota Swarm ultimately took the game by a score…


CLax Draft Report: Barrie Blizzard

December 5, 2014

After a season that saw the Blizzard go 4-4 and narrowly lose out in the playoffs by one goal to the eventual Creators Cup Champion, Niagara Lock Monsters, things seem to be trending in the upward position for the Blizzard. While Barrie struggled offensively last season and in goal, the Blizzard where still able to win games, based on the solid overall depth of the team. With five of their…


CLax Draft Report: Durham TurfDogs

December 3, 2014

Finishing last place in the five team Canadian Lacrosse League with a record of 1-7 changes needed to be made for this roster to improve. The first change for the Turfdogs was made when they hired new head coach Mat Giles, Giles who has coached the Peterborough Lakers Jr. A squad the last 5 years is sure to bring a bit of a culture change to the Turfdogs locker room….


CLax Draft Report: Southwest Cyclops

December 1, 2014

Heading into draft day, the Cyclops had quite a few areas of need. They scored the second fewest goals and allowed the most goals last season, so additions were needed out both the front and backdoor. The Cyclops did a fantastic job in addressing both areas of need, through both the draft and a draft day trade that saw them acquire Kevin Brownell, Jordan Daradick, Bryan Neufeld and goaltender Grant Crawley. Having been able to acquire…


CLAX: Mock Draft; Needs of Teams to be Fulfilled

November 27, 2014

The Canadian Lacrosse League is set to hold their draft this Saturday at 8pm, live from the Syl Apps arena in Paris, Ontario. The CLAX combine will also take place this Saturday prior to the draft from 5pm to 7:30pm. Last season’s CLAX Draft was a 12 Round Draft, with all but the Oshweken Demons making selections. If Oshweken is to make selections this season the Draft should see 60…


Knighthawks Sign Dumont; Expectations are Optimistic

November 27, 2014

Mitch Dumont is one of the more unheralded defensive players in all of the Ontario Sr. B loop. He’s a player that does everything well; he doesn’t stand out but he’s effective, and for a defensive player that’s a good thing. Dumont was as surprised as anyone to hear the Knighthawks where interested in offering him a contract. He said, “It’s exciting. It’s something that you’re not expecting to happen….


Brandon Styres Has a Shot at Khawks Practice Roster

November 26, 2014

The 55th and final pick of the NLL draft usually doesn’t come with much fan fair or media attention, however that was not the case in this years NLL draft, as the Rochester Knighthawks used that 55th selection to selection Goaltender Brandon Styres. You’ll recognize the last name at first glance, and yes Brandon Styres is Rochester Knighthawks owner Curt Styres son. But this pick was not done as favour…


Williams Changes Dynamic of Rock Offense

November 18, 2014

With the loss of captain Colin Doyle for the entire season due to shoulder surgery, many questions arose about what exactly the Rock were to do on offense without Doyle and leading score Garrett Billings who are sidelined with injuries. Well the answer got a lot clearer last Friday afternoon when the Toronto Rock signed future Hall of Famer Shawn Willliams to a one-year deal. The 40 year old Williams is…