Leading into training camp, we will be taking a look at some non roster invitees who are getting an opportunity to prove themselves.
Adam Will was invited to Buffalo Bandits camp early this offseason. The defenseman out of the Langley Thunder program in the Western Lacrosse Association is looking for a chance to show his versatility on a Bandits roster that needs depth.
“I am really excited about signing with Buffalo,” said Will. “I have heard nothing but good things about the team, organization and fans. I am looking forward to the challenge of trying to make this roster and then to ultimately help this team get to the next step of winning a Champion’s Cup.”
For Bandits fans, there is not a lot of info out there on Will as the team has looked to bring in a few unexpected non-roster players. They brought in fourth goalie Rance Vigneux and defensemen Aaron Brown and Jon Newhouse along with Will. The defensive additions are in lieu of what looks to be a lack of depth.
“My role will most likely be as a defensive/transition player, however, I could end up playing a bit of offense if there are injuries,” Will said. “That is what happened to me while playing in Langley this summer. I have prepared myself for any role that the coaches see fit.
“My versatility is probably my biggest strength. During the WLA season, I was used in many different positions and scenarios. This allowed me to gain a lot of experience at both ends of the floor. From a defensive standpoint, a big part of my game is utilizing my speed and quickness to get loose balls and transition the ball up the floor to create odd man rushes.”
Despite the lack of depth and the opportunity for Will, it still is a challenge to make a roster in the NLL, especially with shortened rosters going into their second season. Will is ready to make the most of his chance.
“It will still be very tough to make this team as a defensive player because of the competition I will be going up against. There will be some very good lacrosse players at camp. I can only control what I do on the floor so I am coming into camp confident and ready to play my game and hopefully I will make a good impression on the coaching staff.”