Roughnecks make splash with picks, trades in NLL draft

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One pick later at No. 21, the Roughnecks grabbed right-handed forward Patrick Dodds, a sizy star with the Victoria Junior A Shamrocks.

“Hi my name is Patrick Dodds, and I’m addicted to scoring nasty goals,” tweeted Lacrosse Flash during the 2019 Minto Cup.

“Patrick’s big, strong righty but still pretty young,” Board said. “He’s a guy who’s going to need time to develop but can put the ball in the net. Terrific upside.”

At No. 32 — still in Round 2 — the Riggers drafted goalie Justin Geddie of the Western Lacrosse Association’s Nanaimo Timbermen.

With their third-round pick, the Roughnecks took defender Rhys Blake, a 6-foot-7, 225-lb. monster with the Port Coquitlam Saints.

The rest of the draft saw them sport picks at Nos. 63, 72 and 87.

“Some of these guys obviously have some schooling left and will be using up their NCAA eligibility this year,” Board added. “But you project one season out, and we’re going to have a continuation of our strong defence and size up front.

LOOSE BALLS

Calgary native Brett McIntyre, a 5-foot-8, 175-lb. forward with the Raiders and the NCAA’s UMBC Retrievers, was chosen in the second round — 22nd overall — by the NLL’s Colorado Mammoth . . . To nobody’s surprise, F Jeff Teat (NCAA’s Cornell Big Red/Ontario Junior A Lacrosse League’s Brampton Excelsiors) — the consensus top talent — went first overall to the New York Riptide . . . Rounding out the top-four picks were D/T Reid Bowering (Vancouver Warriors), F Ryan Smith (Rochester Knighthawks) and F Tre Leclaire (San Diego Seals).

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ROUGHNECKS AT THE 2020 NLL DRAFT

5. F Tanner Cook (own pick)

14. D/T Harrison Matsuoka (from Halifax Thunderbirds)

20. D/T Ethan Ticehurst (from Halifax Thunderbirds)

21. F Patrick Dodds (own pick)

32. G Justin Geddie (compensatory pick for losing UFA Riley Loewen)

37. D Rhys Blake (from New York Riptide)

63. from Halifax Thunderbirds

72. own pick

87. from Philadelphia Wings

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