The National Lacrosse League held a dispersal draft of Boston Blazers players earlier today and the Washington Stealth added three players to its training camp roster for the 2012 season. The Stealth selected forward Jamie Rooney in the first round, followed by forwards Josh Wasson-McQuigge and Dan Teat in the second and third rounds, respectively.
Rooney, 28, is entering his fifth NLL season. The Arthur, Ontario native appeared in all 16 games for the Blazers last season and tallied 15 goals and nine assists. In his career, the right-handed forward has appeared in 56 regular season games, recording 110 points on 57 goals and 53 assists. He burst onto the NLL scene in 2008 with the Philadelphia Wings, posting a career-high 43 points (20g, 23a) in 15 games. Rooney has also appeared in four career playoff games, tallying eight goals and four assists.
“Going into this draft, we were looking for another goal scorer on the right-hand side of our offense,” said Stealth Head Coach Chris Hall following the draft. “Jamie has shown that he can score goals in this league and he will be a great compliment to Rhys Duch, Jeff Zywicki and Craig Conn on the right side.”
The Stealth continued its search for depth on the right side of its offense with its second round selection of Josh Wasson-McQuigge. Wasson-McQuiggie will be entering his sixth NLL season in 2012 and has shown goal-scoring prowess early in his career. The Peterborough, Ontario native played in just four games last season as he split time with the Colorado Mammoth and Boston, but scored a combined 32 goals and added 41 assists in his first two NLL seasons with the Chicago Shamrox. Wasson-McQuigge has appeared in 50 career regular season games with 104 points on 46 goals and 58 assists.
“When given the chance, Josh has shown he has the capability to be a solid player in this league,” said Hall of the 27-year old Wasson-McQuigge. “He adds more depth to our offense and will challenge for a starting spot on our right side.”
In the third round of the draft, the Stealth selected 14-year NLL vet Dan Teat. The 40-year old right-handed forward scored 20 or more goals in eight of his NLL seasons, including two seasons with 30 or more goals. In 195 career regular season games, Teat accumulated 630 points (298g, 332a) and added another 40 points (18g, 22a) in 16 career playoff games.
Teat announced his retirement prior to the 2011 season, but the chance to have the rights to an established offensive weapon was something Hall and his staff felt would be beneficial during the long, arduous NLL season.
“Dan is one of the greats in our sport,” said Hall. “He’s a proven playoff performer and a big game player. He adds depth to our roster should we have injuries late in the season. The potential to bring in a guy of his caliber late in the season could be huge for us.”
The complete results of the draft can be seen at NLL.com.
The Stealth will open training camp later this fall as it looks to cut its 2012 active roster down to 23 players. The 2012 season begins in January with season tickets starting at just $99 and on sale now. For more information on 2012 Stealth Season Tickets, call 877-MY-75-TIX or visit www.stealthlax.com