By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Philadelphia Wings selected nine players in the 2018 National Lacrosse League expansion draft. The San Diego Seals also took part in the expansion draft.
The Wings, who have not played in the NLL since 2014 under a previous management before relocating to become the New England Black Wolves, inch close to returning to the Wells Fargo Center this December. The team is the sister team of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Wings head coach Paul Day and Assistant GM Landon Miller made the selections during the league’s Facebook Live event.
“We have been working on scouting and prospecting players over the past year,” Day said. “Today marks another exciting step for the franchise. Our goal is to build a team with players that have Philadelphia ties, strong character, and can compete year in and year out. With our selections today we are poised to put a team on the turf that will win games and make Philadelphia proud.”
Forward Brett Hickey was the team’s No. 1 overall pick in the expansion draft. He played in 17 games with the Toronto Rock last season. He had 24 goals and 16 assists last season.
“Brett Hickey is a power forward, in the middle of his prime,” Day said. “He plays every shift like it’s his last shift and will be a great asset to the team on and off the field. He knows how to score goals and find open teammates.”
Then, with the third overall pick, the team selected forward Kiel Matisz. He previously played with the Georgia Swarm, where he played in 17 games last season. He had 16 goals and 50 assists.
Forward Jordan Hall is returning to the Wings with the fifth overall selection in the expansion draft. He previously played for the Swarm and was a member of the previous Wings franchise in 2013-14.
“Jordan will be a crucial part of setting the tone of our culture within the locker room,” Day said. “He is a talented athlete and will be a strong asset for the team.”
Forward Josh Currier was the seventh overall selection in the expansion draft by the Wings. Then, with the ninth overall pick, the team also selected forward Frank Brown. Both previously played for the Rochester Knighthawks.
Brown, though, began the season with the Swarm before joining the Knighthawks.
The Wings used the next two picks to select players with ties to the Philadelphia area. Forward Matt Rambo, who was born in Glenside, PA, who was under contract with the Black Wolves and won a National Championship with the Maryland Terrapins, was the team’s 11th overall pick.
Defenseman Anthony Joaquim, who also came from the Black Wolves, played college lacrosse at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He appeared in 13 games with New England last season.
The final two picks came from the Buffalo Bandits. The team selected forward Vaugh Harris with the 15th overall pick in the expansion draft. He appeared in 14 games with the team last season.
Goaltender Davide DiRuscio was the team’s final pick in the expansion draft with the 17th overall selection. He made his debut with the Bandits in January 31st, 2015.
With the Wings selection of Harris, the team also acquired defenseman Zac Reid.
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