The Boston Cannons will be going to looking at their roster over the next while to decide on which players they will need to protect and which one will end up being unprotected players for the upcoming draft cycles. Most likely the Cannons will be looking to protect more of their offensive players, while the leave a number of their defenders up for grabs. This would also make it easier to fix the defense which struggled to compete at times this season.
Protected Players (perspective)
- Paul Rabil- this is obvious seeing as he is the face of the franchise and has led the team the last number of years in points scored.
- Stephen Berger- this would make sense seeing as the Cannons traded for him at the trade deadline during the season.
- Mike Stone- Being the second leading scorer on the team last year and an All-Star, pretty easy to assume he will be protected.
- Cam Flint- the Denver grad only played in 7 games last year but when he played he looked like a dominate two way middie for the Cannons, also being young he has huge potential.
- Kyle Sweeney- the only Cannons defenseman that will probably make the protected list, Sweeney was really the only bright spot on defense other than goalie, Jordan Burke.
- Jordan Burke- Burke was a tremendous goalie last year but it’s hard to tell from his numbers. Most of that can be attributed to a sketchy defensive unit though.
- Chris Eck- Although being a FO man he was right up there with Anthony Kelley in Denver and Greg Gurenlian in New York.
- Will Manny- Manny and fellow attackman Kevin Buchanan were the team leaders at attack this last season scoring 30 and 31 points respectively.
- Kevin Buchanan- Leading goal scorer for attackman in Boston.
- Matt Poskay & Ryan Boyle- Most likely the Cannons will only protect 10 players this year so the last spot should come down to Poskay and Boyle both scored 25 plus points last season and looked to hit strides within the season at the right times.
The Cannons need to revamp their defense this off season if they want to get back to Championship Weekend, and this is where it will need to start.