Edmonton Sends Holdout Rabil to Rochester
from staff reports
|Paul Rabil, shown in a uniform of
the Washington Stealth, the last NLL team he played for, is now a
member of the Rochester Knighthawks after a trade
© John Strohsacker/LaxPhotos.com
The reigning National Lacrosse League champion Rochester Knighthawks have brought Paul Rabil back East, where he wants to be.
On Friday, the Edmonton Rush and Rochester announced a trade sending Rabil to the Knighthawks in exchange for Jarrett Davis. Rabil was traded from the Washington Stealth to Edmonton during last season, but didn't play a game for the Rush after asking to be traded again to an Eastern U.S. market closer to his Baltimore home.
"Rabil was never going to play for us, and in a thin market, we had to make the best deal possible," Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan said Friday. "Jarrett is a talented, skilled, and athletic young right-handed offensive player and we need help on the right side."
He joined the Cannons in 2008 as the first overall pick after an impressive college career. Rabil was a major contributor for the 2005 and the 2007 NCAA Championships for Johns Hopkins. Rabil was one of the most decorated players to ever play for the Blue Jays, earning four-time All-American honors and the 2007 McLaughlin Award given to the nation's most outstanding midfielder. He was also a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the "Most Outstanding" collegiate lacrosse player, in 2007 and 2008.
Heading to Edmonton in the trade is third-year pro Jarrett Davis. In 2012, he recorded a career-high 21 assists and 28 points in 13 games with the Knighthawks. The Port Moody, BC native played an even bigger role in the 2012 Champion’s Cup Playoffs, recording a team-high nine assists and tying for fourth on the team with 10 points. The former first-round pick concluded the postseason with two assists in the win over Edmonton in the NLL Finals.
Williams Dealt, Swarm Get No. 3 Overall Pick
The Rush also traded Shawn Williams to the Minnesota Swarm, who then sent Edmonton's leading scorer last year to Buffalo in a a deal that gave Minnesota the No. 3 overall pick in the NLL entry draft.
A member of the Bandits in 2000 and 2001, Williams (5'11", 195 lbs., 6/20/74) returns to Buffalo after spending 10 seasons in Rochester from 2002 to 2011 and playing in Edmonton in 2012.
"Shawn will help add some scoring to our roster," said Bandits general manager Steve Dietrich. "He is a great teammate on and off the floor and understands how special it is to be a Buffalo Bandit."
Williams recorded 68 points (16+52) and eight penalty minutes in Edmonton last season, leading the Rush in points and ranking sixth in the league in assists. He added 13 points (2+11) in three playoff games. In his career, Williams has totaled 1,038 points (412+626) and 117 penalty minutes in 223 games with Edmonton, Rochester, Buffalo and Toronto/Ontario.
Doran (5'8", 180 lbs. 2/6/86) is entering his third NLL season after playing nine games in Minnesota last season and five as a member of the Toronto Rock in 2010. In 14 career games, he has tallied seven points (4+3) and 10 penalty minutes.
"Brendon is a young, gritty defenseman and will fit very well into our defensive system," Dietrich said.