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The Roughnecks drafted seven players in the 2012 NLL Entry draft.

By Avery Buye | Published: 10/1/2012 at 9:53:10 PM

Although they come from opposing coasts, the first round Calgary Roughnecks National Lacrosse League draft picks have one thing in common: they are dynamic players who have a knack for scoring.  

Hamburg, NY, lacrosse player Joe Resetarits has worked hard to prove he has the goods to play within the Canadian-dominated box lacrosse realm. The Roughnecks have recognized this commitment to the game, drafting him with their first round, sixth overall selection.

“He is going to have a seamless transition into our offense, he plays very well without the ball and is a threat when he gets it,” described Riggers head coach and assistant GM, Curt Malawsky.

“We expect big things from him, his athleticism and shot on the run, as well as his ability to catch and release in traffic is going to be huge for us. He is going to be a guy who will step in NLL-ready and will be a very good addition.”

Unlike many American players, Resetarits boasts ample box experience, making the trek across the border to play Junior A with the St Catharines Athletics. Most recently he has played two seasons with the Brampton Excelsiors of the Major Series Lacrosse League (MSL), capturing a Mann Cup in 2011.

“He is basically a Canadian boy through his lacrosse roots. He is not new to the box game and has played it as long as the other Canadians that we’ve drafted,” detailed Malawky, drawing on his impressive lacrosse resume, including MLL field experience.

Resetarits joked that he is very accustomed to the red and white. “When I go back home, my friends always say that I’m a Canadian. It’s a great feeling knowing that I will be playing for a Canadian team. I’m thrilled to be chosen by Calgary.”

With a depleted Excelsiors squad during the 2012 MSL season, Resetarits was faced with rising expectations. He rose to the occasion, tying the team lead in scoring with 28 points (18g,10a) over 12 games. He has also proved himself in the post-season, tallying 15 goals and eight assists over the 2011 Mann Cup championship run.

“Being a part of a Mann Cup championship team and playing with professional lacrosse players in the MSL is a valuable experience to have behind me,” explained the 22-year-old American sniper.

Resetarits references current Roughnecks player Shawn Evans as the type of player that he draws inspiration in his game play from.

“I am always blown away by the way Evans plays. He is tough, plays with heart, handles the ball well, scores goals and is truly a team player. I like to model my game after him.”

Another tenacious player who will be projected to bolster the Roughnecks in many facets next season is first round, seventh overall selection, Matthew Dinsdale.

The Coquitlam B.C. native has tallied in excess of 200 points over the past two seasons for the Junior A Adanacs while being versatile and effective in other aspects of the game.

“He plays very well in the front end, can take face-offs, can play a transition role and is surprisingly very intelligent on the back end and knows the defensive system,” endorsed Malawsky, who is very familiar with Dinsdale’s lacrosse background, having coached him for four seasons with the Adanacs.

Dinsdale is looking forward to having a familiar face on the coaching staff.

“He’s a great coach, probably the best coach that I’ve ever had. It’s good to know what’s expected of you going into training camp,” acknowledged the 6’0 draft selection.

During his 2012 campaign, Dinsdale led the way in BCJALL scoring an astounding 95 points over 16 games and making the most of any shooting opportunity which is  reflected in his 32.5% shooting average.

He was also ahead of the pack during the 2011 season, coming away second overall with 108 points.

“Good people make good teams and Matthew is a great teammate and a great person. He works very hard at the gym and has a very high lacrosse IQ,” added Malawsky.

“He knows what’s to be expected of him in Calgary and will have a great career in the NLL.”

Dinsdale has also demonstrated that he can step up with the best of them, competing in four Minto Cups with the Adanacs. Dinsdale, along with Malawsky and fellow Roughneck and 2011 first-round Riggers selection, Travis Cornwall, captured the trophy in 2010.

“It’s one of the toughest tournaments to win, takes a lot of hard work, hours, sweat and tears. Going through that was a big step for me, knowing what it takes to play at a high caliber and win.”

These draft selections, along with the five other picks listed below, promise a bright future for the Calgary Roughnecks. 

Rnd O/A Player Pos. Hometown Team
1 6 Joe Resetarits O Hamburg, NY Brampton Excelsiors (MSL)
1 7 Matthew Dinsdale O/T Coquitlam, BC Coquitlam Adanacs (BCJALL)
2 17 Jackson Decker O Port Moody, BC Burnaby Lakers (WLA)
4 36 Chad Cummings T Caledon, ON Brampton Excelsiors (OLA)
5 45 Kyle Dexter T Victoria, BC Okotoks Raiders (RMLL)
6 49 *Traded to Minnesota      
6 50 Curtis Pridham T Calgary, AB Calgary Mountaineers (RMLL)
6 54 Myles Dennett T Calgary, AB Calgary Mountaineers (RMLL)
* Calgary traded their sixth round, 49th overall pick to the Minnesota Swarm in exchange for Minnesota’s sixth round pick in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft.

For a complete list of the 2012 NLL Entry Draft selections please visit www.nll.com.



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