Eleven players are on the Buffalo Bandits protected list for the National Lacrosse League Expansion Draft on July 9. Tuesday, the NLL released the names of the protected players by each of the 11 NLL teams. No NLL teams will be allowed to lose more than two players in the draft.
The Buffalo Bandits’ protected player list: Offense: Josh Byrne, Chris Cloutier, Chase Fraser, Thomas Hoggarth and Dhane Smith; Defense - Mitch DeSnoo, Matt Gilray, Justin Martin, Ian MacKay and Steve Priolo; Goalie - Matt Vinc.
The new version of the Rochester Knighthawks will hold the first overall selection. The Knighthawks, a new franchise owned by Pegula Sports and Entertainment, and the new New York Riptide will make alternating picks through 11 rounds of the draft which will be shown live on NLL social channels at noon on July 9. Rochester won a coin flip to determine which team would go first in the draft.