The Buffalo Bandits, coming off an appearance in the National Lacrosse League final, have set their opening roster for the 2019-20 season, which begins Dec. 7 against San Diego at KeyBank Center.
A year after a substantial roster makeover, the Bandits turn to some familiar names in players such as Dhane Smith, who was fifth in the league in scoring last season; Corey Small, who led the Bandits in goals; NLL Goaltender of the Year Matt Vinc; and Josh Byrne.
Among the newcomers are trade acquisition Doug Buchan; free agent signees Marcus Minichiello and Quinn Powless; and first-round draft pick Brent Noseworthy.
Here is the roster:
Forwards (7): Dallas Bridle, Josh Byrne, Chris Cloutier, Chase Fraser, Quinn Powless, Corey Small, Dhane Smith
Transition (5): Kevin Brownell, Matt Gilray, Ian MacKay, Brent Noseworthy, Nick Weiss
Defensemen (7): Mitch de Snoo, Jon Harnett, Justin Martin, Marcus Minichiello, Steve Priolo, Matt Spanger, Bryce Sweeting
Goalies (2): Doug Buchan, Matt Vinc
Practice squad (2): Okaeme Chukwuemeka, Devlin Shanahan
Physically unable to perform (2): Thomas Hoggarth, Ethan O’Connor