The Buffalo Bandits had a good 2012 draft -- in 2013.
Stay with me a minute on this one.
The Bandits turned their initial second-round draft pick (the 10th pick overall) in Monday's National Lacrosse League draft into Joe Resetarits, who went sixth overall to Calgary in 2012. Each side gave up a second-round draft choice in the swap as well.
Let's say the second-rounders cancel each other out. So ... the Bandits get a top-six player for a 10th pick. Resetarits also has been in the league for a year, so he'll be more likely to contribute right away. And he's from Hamburg. if my Twitter feed is any indication, the move was a popular one with the fan base.
Joe's brother, Frank, spent parts of a couple of seasons with the Bandits. However, he was cut last year. Frank obviously wasn't too happy about the way things ended here, and understandably so. I would guess that the change in coaches by the Bandits made the trade a bit easier to take, at least around the Resetarits dinner table. And, maybe Frank will pop up at some sort of training camp tryout in December. Stranger things have happened.
Meanwhile, the Bandits also acquired Mitch Jones from Vancouver. He was the Stealth's third-rounder in, you guessed it, 2012. He was a good scorer in junior plan in Ontario. Same logic applies to Jones as Resetaritis, although Jones has more to prove.
Otherwise, your guess is as good as mine when it comes to the draft picks. The second round picks, Nick Diachenko and Mitch Wilde, are said to be good-sized and athletic. Without knowing a thing about them, I'd say the Bandits can use those type of players.
Kevin Pym's name was a familiar one. His father, Dave, is part of the Bandits' front office and used to be the coach at Calgary. If his Twitter feed is any indication, Kevin loves lacrosse. Can't wait to see the contract negotiations there.
When the Bandits announced they had completed a trade with Toronto late in the sixth and final round of the draft, I wondered if General Manager Steve Dietrich had traded his rights back to Toronto. All right, I jest. But it was a sixth-rounder next year for the chance to take Dylan Goddard, a big Junior B scorer in Ontario.
Drafts are tough to judge in any sport, and it's particularly true in lacrosse. Most of the stars have come from the initial picks. But, from what I can tell a mere three hours after this draft's completion, the Bandits come away a better team tonight than they were last night. That's all you can ask.
Postscript: The Luke Wiles trade to Philadelphia took place this weekend. Wiles got off track last year, what with visa and contract problems. He certainly needed a fresh start. I thought he might get one under a new coach here, but he'll certainly get one in Philadelphia. In the meantime, I'll miss his great sense of humor when hanging around the Bandits.
-- Budd Bailey