New NLL team add players through expansion draft

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The San Diego Seals took part in the 2018 National Lacrosse League’s expansion draft on Monday afternoon. Besides the Seals, the Philadelphia Wings also took part in the expansion draft.

The Seals will play their games this upcoming season at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. The team will be coached by Patrick Merrill, who will also serve as the team’s General Manager. The team is owned by Joseph Tsai.

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National Lacrosse League

The franchise will be the first National Lacrosse League team to call San Diego home. Previously, there were NLL teams in San Jose (San Jose Stealth) and the Anaheim (Anaheim Storm).

With the second overall pick in the expansion draft, the Seals selected forward Turner Evans. He played the last two seasons with the Toronto Rock, where he had 20 goals and 52 assists in 26 games.

“Turner is a great young lefty offensive player,” said Seals general manager and head coach Patrick Merrill. “He is a quality person with a very high lacrosse IQ. He is known around the league for his play-making and finishing skills, and I can’t wait for the fans in San Diego to see him play.”

With the fourth overall selection in the expansion draft, the team selected defenseman Brett Mydske. He previously was an assistant captain with the Saskatchewan Rush.

He has previously played in 152 NLL games. He also was the Rush’s all-time leader in games played in 2017, plus was a crucial part of the team’s championships in three of the last four years.

Then, with the sixth overall selection, the Seals selected Transition player Adrian Sorichetti. He previously played the past two seasons with the Rush.

Sorichetti played in 18 games over the past two seasons with the Rush. He had 15 points, along with 20 or more caused turnovers over the past three seasons.

Defenseman Cam Holding was the team’s eighth overall selection. He comes to the Seals after spending time with the Colorado Mammoth. He has appeared in 102 NLL games.

Holding has missed the past two seasons after suffering an ACL injury.

The Seals also went to the Mammoth with their tenth overall selection, as they selected defenseman Bruce Sweeting. He was then traded to the Buffalo Bandits for defenseman Ethan Schott, along with the Bandits second-round draft pick in September’s draft.

Goaltender Frank Scigliano was the team’s 12th overall selection in the expansion draft. He previously has seven-years experience in the league, the last with the Calgary Roughnecks.

The Roughnecks also lost defenseman Garrett McIntosh with the 14th selection in the expansion draft.

The Seals used their final two picks in the expansion draft to select players from the Vancouver Stealth. First, with the 16th overall selection in the expansion draft, they chose forward Casey Jackson.

Then, with their final selection, the 18th overall selection, the team chose defenseman Brendan Ranford. He has a different story than most lacrosse players, as he previously played five years of professional hockey within the Dallas Stars organization.

“We’ve drafted a strong foundation,” said Merrill. “All nine of the players are quality guys on and off the floor. I couldn’t be more excited to build around this group.”

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