DRAFT DAY TRADE FRENZY
15 veterans have new teams after series of deals
Boston head coach Tom Ryan kept busy at Saturday's Entry Draft, pulling the trigger on five trades before the first round came to an end.
Ryan converted the #1 pick into five players, as he dealt Boston's first and third round picks to New York for the third overall selection and Matt Alrich, a versatile player who can play on both sides of the field.
Boston then selected Six Nations' Craig Point at #3, and shipped him and Darren Halls (who was acquired from San Jose in last month's expansion draft) to Minnesota for #8 and #11 overall, Brock Boyle, and a third round pick in 2008.
Point scored 11 goals to lead the Iroquois Nationals. "He's got an incredible skill level," said one NLL General Manager before the draft. "He is a good playmaker and scorer, he can finish. He could make an immediate impact on a team with less depth."
The expansion club followed by dealing #8 to Rochester in exchange for UMass grad Jack Reid, a promising young defenseman who resides in Boston, and #28 overall, before finally drafting their first player -- Orangeville's Matt Lyons -- with the 11th pick.
That pick was actually owned by Toronto at the beginning of the day. Minnesota dealt Kasey Beirnes, a six-year veteran who scored 23 goals last year, to the Rock in exchange for the #11 overall pick (and #52 overall) to help entice Boston into dealing Point and Halls.
Ryan and company made two more deals, sending veteran Jake Bergey to Philadelphia for #32 overall and a conditional 2008 third rounder. Bergey, who is the son of Philadelphia Eagles great Bill Bergey, was plucked from the Wings roster in last month's expansion draft. The 33-year-old forward has 227 career goals in 120 games for Philadelphia, where he has played his entire nine-year career.
Boston also dealt #15 overall to Edmonton for #20 and Dan Finck. A native of Halifax, Finck, who previously played two seasons in Philadelphia, was released by the Wings in January and signed by the Rush to a free agent contract five days later. The 26-year-old defenseman had nine assists and scooped 45 loose balls in 12 games with Edmonton.
The outburst of trades had a domino effect, with the first round lasting over an hour as teams continued to trade to jockey for position.
Chicago dealt #5 overall and Zach Heffner, a 25-year-old defenseman who played nine games last year, to San Jose in exchange for Callum Crawford, Andrew Burkholder, #12 overall and a 2008 second rounder.
Crawford scored 10 goals in 13 games for the Stealth last year, while Burkholder, a 23-year-old transition player who scored 17 goals in his rookie season, lands on his fifth team in his fourth year in the league.
Portland sent 27-year-old forward Kelly Hall to Calgary in exchange for #16 and #24 overall, and dealt #23 overall and a 2008 first rounder to Minnesota for Spencer Martin and Michael Kilby. Martin scored 14 goals last year, while Kilby led the Swarm in penalty minutes with 56.
Buffalo dealt #10 and #22 overall to Calgary for 22-year-old forward Ian Llord, and #37 overall to Philadelphia for 27-year-old goalie Ken Montour. Llord was selected by the Wings in the first round of the 2006 draft, and was dealt to Buffalo in last month's three-way deal that sent Taylor Wray to Philadelphia.