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Bandits lose Shawn Evans, Jordan Durston in NLL expansion draft

The Buffalo Bandits lost Shawn Evans and Jordan Durston in the National Lacrosse League expansion draft on Tuesday.

Evans was the overall No. 1 pick by the Rochester Knighthawks, and Durston was the second pick of the first round, going to the New York Riptide.

Evans, a 33-year-old forward from Peterborough, Ont., had 28 goals among 94 points last season as the Bandits were beaten by the Calgary Roughnecks for the NLL championship. He has scored 430 goals in 229 career games.

Ironically, Evans began his professional career in Rochester in 2006, when he was drafted by the Knighthawks. That team, however, relocated to Halifax and changed its nickname to the Thunderbirds, and an expansion team was placed in Rochester. The new Knighthawks and the Bandits both are owned by Terry and Kim Pegula.

Durston, a 25-year-old forward, scored 15 goals among 47 points in 2018-19, the second-best season in his four-year professional career. Durston has scored 81 goals in 71 career games.

The draft lasted 11 rounds, with 22 players taken.

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