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Bandits sign two draft picks to one-year deals

The Bandits locked up two of their selections from this year's draft, signing forward Chase Fraser and defenseman Connor Laird to one-year contracts.

Fraser, a second-round pick, dominated in the western loop of Canadian summer box lacrosse. He was named the Western Lacrosse Association's Rookie of the Year after scoring 30 goals and 52 points for the Nanaimo Timbermen. He played collegiately at Division III Neumann University, scoring a team-leading 66 goals and notching 13 assists in his senior year. Bandits GM Steve Dietrich said the team had Fraser pegged in the top five in the draft.

Laird, a 6-foot-1 defender, played five games in the eastern loop of summer box lacrosse with the Brooklin Redmen. He played outdoors at Lindenwood University, where he caused 90 turnovers in his four-year career. He was selected by the Bandits in the fourth round, 36th overall.

Buffalo has locked up six of its eight draft picks. First overall pick Josh Byrne is still unsigned.

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