With the 2014 Supplemental Draft just weeks away, the Lizards have announced the list of 23 men they will protect for the 2014 off-season.
At attack, the Lizards protect 2010 Rookie of the Year Ned Crotty who was acquired through a trade with Rochester less than 24 hours before the 23-man roster was finalized. The Lizards also protected 2013 Rookie of the Year Rob Pannell, who came of a huge rookie season scoring 25 goals and adding 17 assists in just ten games. Max Seibald is expected to make a full recovery in 2014. Coming off an injury plagued 2013 season, the perennial all-star and 2009 Tewaaraton Award winner saw playing time in just six games in 2013.
On the defensive side, face-off specialist Greg “Beast” Gurenlian is coming off the best season of his career, and the best season in the history of the League, closing out 2013 with a .640 win percentage at the X. Defenseman Tim Henderson, who missed the entire 2013 season due to active military commitments, will hopefully make a return in 2014, and not surprisingly, veteran goalie Drew Adams will remain with New York through the off season.
Below is the complete list of players protected by the Lizards.
The Lizards have already been a busy team as on Monday they acquired MLL veteran Midfielder Matt Striebel and attackman Ned Crotty from the Rochester Rattlers.
Earlier in the day, the Lizards traded veteran midfielder Stephen Peyser to the Ohio Machine in exchange for midfielder John Austin and the 13th overall pick in the 2014 MLL Collegiate Draft. Austin, a 2012 graduate of the University of Delaware and Shoreham, NY native, did not play in any games with the Machine in 2013, but played in six games with the Hamilton Nationals, scoring seven points on three goals, three assists, and one 2-point goal. In 2012, Austin played in six games with the Nationals, scoring seven goals (3g, 2a, 1 2-ptg). Austin was drafted 48th overall by the Chesapeake Bayhawks in the 2012 MLL Collegiate Draft.