12/8/11 10:43 AM
While the new Charlotte Hounds and Ohio Machine were making big moves to fill their rosters during the Expansion Draft yesterday, the Cannons quietly kept most of their Championship team in tact while adding even more power to the midfield.
With the 11th overall pick in the draft, the Cannons selected Bill McGlone, left unprotected by Denver. In seven games with the Outlaws last season, McGlone scored nine goals and added eight assists for 17 points on the season. McGlone was drafted by the Baltimore Bayhawks in 2006 after graduating as a three-time All-American from Maryland. After two and half seasons with the Bayhawks, McGlone finished 2008 with the San Francisco Dragons, totally 25 goals and nine assists on the year. The midfielder then spent two years with the Chicago Machine before landing in Denver for the 2011 season.
A phone call to McGlone shortly after the selection proved he's excited to play in Boston, and his new teammates agree. Paul Rabil tweeted, "Great pick-up in Bill McGlone for the Boston Cannons...always enjoyed playing with him. #Playmaker."
In addition to gaining McGlone, the Cannons were able to hold onto veteran defensemen and team leader Kyle Sweeney, offensive midfielder Mike Stone, defensive midfielder JJ Morrissey, long pole enforcer Jack Reid and face-off specialist John Ortolani.
"I am very happy to be back with the Cannons and am looking forward to another great season," said Stone after the draft. "I think we have a good core group of guys back, and I know we are motivated to repeat."
Of course, the Cannons did not emerge from the draft unscathed. Attackman and Duxbury native Max Quinzani was selected by Charlotte with the 4th overall pick, before being sent to Long Island in a blockbuster trade. The Cannons left Quinzani unprotected to honor his request to create the opportunity for him to play closer to NYC, where he lives and works.
Chesapeake used their only pick in the draft to take 2010 MLL Goalie of the Year Kip Turner. While the Cannons hoped to keep Turner on the roster along with Champ Weekend MVP Jordan Burke, due to the fact that if teams protected two goalies they could only protect a total of 10 players (instead of 12), the Cannons could not protect both. The Cannons will now be looking for a back-up goalie in the upcoming Supplemental or Collegiate Draft.
Another key loss is Greg Downing, picked up by Denver with the 6th overall pick. A versatile, perennial 11th Man Award nominee, Downing is a hard-working team player the Cannons will miss on the field and in the locker room.
Ohio picked up Matt Casey from the player pool in the 11th round, and Charlotte selected Josh Amidon in the 14th. Casey played in nine games for the Cannons in 2011, contributing two assists and five ground balls. Amidon, drafted in the 2011 Collegiate Draft out of Syracuse, did not play MLL last summer.