CALGARY, AB — As the 2016-17 season gets closer, CalagryRoughnecks.com takes a look back at the team’s off-season moves:
Roughnecks re-sign Tyler Burton to 1-year deal
After joining the Roughnecks a month into the 2016 season, Burton immediately paid dividends, with goals in three of his first four games. While he wouldn’t find the back of the net the rest of the way, he played strong defence and won 141 of 286 draws.
Roughnecks re-sign Bobby Snider to 1-year deal
2016 was a disappointing season for Snider. After signing on with his hometown club, Snider played in only three games before getting hurt and missing the remainder of the season. In his three games, he was held scoreless, but he won 57% of his face-offs (40 of 70).
Roughnecks re-sign Greg Harnett to 1-year deal
The newly-appointed Roughnecks assistant captain had a very good 2016 campaign. Playing some fantastic defence on the left side, Harnett also contributed six points (3g, 3a) and 48 loose balls.
Roughnecks re-sign Scott Carnegie to 1-year deal
In his eighth season in Calgary, Carnegie had an outstanding season. He set a new career-high in loose balls with 87 and reached 400 loose balls for his NLL career. He was relentless in the defensive zone, forcing 22 turnovers. The vet also potted a single goal, a game-winner against the Vancouver Stealth.
Roughnecks sign Tyson Bell, Kellen LeClair, and Chad Cummings
The Roughnecks added a lot of size and toughness with these signings. In 2016, Tyson Bell gained fans quickly for his tough, physical style of defence. That did result in 49 penalty minutes, but he also added nine points (3g, 6a) and 71 loose balls in 17 games. LeClair only saw the floor 12 games, but provided a goal and 32 loose balls, while being a cannonball in the defensive zone. After being activated from the hold-out list, the 6’5” Cummings signed on with the Roughnecks. The 36th overall pick in 2012 is coming back to lacrosse after finishing his collegiate hockey career at Brockport University.
Roughnecks Acquire Riley Loewen
The biggest move of the Roughnecks off-season came when they sent a 2017 second-round draft pick to the Saskatchewan Rush for lefty Riley Loewen. The two-time NLL Champion, Loewen had three goals and 21 assists playing behind stars Zack Greer and Mark Matthews.
2016 NLL Draft
The NLL Draft was a busy night for Mike Board and the Roughnecks as they selected eight players; Holden Cattoni (Forward – 1st Round, 5th overall), Vaughn Harris (Forward – 2nd Round, 15th overall), Matt Symes (Forward – 2nd Round, 21st overall), Brody Eastwood (Forward – 3rd Round, 26th overall), Keegan Rittinger (Defenceman – 3rd Round, 27th overall), Jake Archdekin (Defenceman – 4th Round, 36th overall), Tony Tremblay (Defenceman/Transition – 5th Round, 45th overall), Austin Rockwell (Defenceman/Transition – 6th Round, 53rd overall).
Roughnecks sign all 8 Draft Picks
Two weeks after being drafted, all eight of the Roughnecks draft picks signed on the dotted line and will be on the floor at training camp on November 25th.
Roughnecks sign Spencer Evans and Christian Del Bianco
Coming off of a huge summer, Christian Del Bianco agreed to terms with the Riggers. Del Bianco racked up a 28-3 record en route to leading the Coquitlam Junior Adanacs to the Minto Cup and being named MVP. Also coming off of a good summer, 6’5” forward Spencer Evans signed on with the team. Evans had four goals and three assists in 11 WLA games and two assists in the WLA playoffs.
Roughnecks Sign Jordan Kancsal
Drafted in 2015, Kanscal spent part of training with the Roughnecks before being cut in favour of Frankie Scigliano, Mike Poulin, and Christian Del Bianco. He’ll once again come to camp looking to compete for a job with the team.
Roughnecks sign Jon Harnett and Dan MacRae
Calgary bolstered their defence by re-signing two talented veterans. MacRae had a career year in 2016, leading all NLL defenceman in points with 21 (4g, 17a) while contributing 104 loose balls and 22 caused turnovers. The elder Harnett played well in 2016, scoring three goals and adding 9 assists while scooping 84 loose balls and forcing 20 turnovers.
Roughnecks sign Pete Dubenski and Tor Reinholdt to 1-year deals
Adding a fourth goaltender to the training camp roster, the Roughnecks signed Peter Dubenski, who has spent the last two seasons with the Nanaimo Timbermen of the WLA. There, he has put up a 4-13 record with .787 save percentage. Reinhold returns to the Riggers after being drafted by the team in 2013 draft and spending the 2014-15 seasons on Calgary’s roster. In 2016, Reinholdt was released by the Roughnecks, but kept the stick in his hands, playing Senior B lacrosse with the Rockyview Knights. In 8 games played, he netter 10 goals and 23 assists, while getting tagged with 37 penalty minutes.
Roughnecks traded Reilly O’Connor to the the Black Wolves
After adding Riley Loewen and Holden Cattoni to the left side in the off-season, Calgary opted to trade second-year forward Reilly O’Connor to the New England Black Wolves in exchange for a second-round draft choice in 2017.
Roughnecks sign Wesley Berg to a 1-year deal
In his rookie season, Wesley Berg looked comfortable in the Riggers offence, scoring 27 goals and 40 assists for 67 points. His outstanding season earned him a rookie of the year nomination.
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