The Buffalo Bandits had a big surprise up their sleeves when the National Lacrosse League draft was held on Monday night in suburban Toronto.
The Bandits acquired Hamburg’s Joe Resetarits and a second-round draft choice this year (15th overall) from the Calgary Roughnecks. Buffalo gave up a second-round pick this year (10th overall) and a second-round choice in 2015.
Resetarits was a first-round pick by Calgary last season, going sixth overall. The forward had eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points in 14 games last season. His brother, Frank, is a former member of the Bandits.
Buffalo finally participated in the draft midway through the second round, going 14th and 15th. With their first pick, the Bandits selected Nick Diachenko of Delaware. The transition player is said to combine high athletic ability and an excellent work ethic.
“It feels great. It’s an awesome honor,” he said on the NLL broadcast fo the draft. “I don’t believe I’ve reached my potential as a lacrosse player. This is really fits well, coming into Buffalo.”
With the next pick, Buffalo took Mitch Wilde from Robert Morris. At 6-foot-3 and 208 pounds, Wild will add size to the Bandits’ transition unit. Bandits’ general manager Steve Dietrich knows Wilde from Wilde’s time with the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks, where Dietrich is also the GM.
Buffalo later traded its third-round pick and a fifth rounder in 2015 to Vancouver for Mitch Jones, a third-round pick in 2012 by the Stealth. Jones had four points in three games last season.
The Bandits added goalie Eric Penney of St. Catharines in the fifth round, and Kevin Pym of Okotoke and forward Dylan Goddard of Clarington in the sixth round. Pym is the son of Dave Pym of the Bandits’ front office.
“We still have a long ways to go, but we’re pleased with what’s happened so far,” new Bandits coach Troy Cordingley said.
The Minnesota Swarm dominated the first round of the draft. The Swarm had the first, second, fourth and seventh picks of the first round. As expected, Minnesota picked Logan Schuss with the first overall pick. He played college lacrosse for Ohio State.