BOSTON – The Boston Cannons and New York Lizards have executed a trade that sends two-time MLL MVP midfielder Paul Rabil and midfielder Mike Stone to New York in exchange for veteran midfielder Max Seibald, veteran defenseman Brian Karalunas, a first and second round 2016 Collegiate Draft pick, and a first round 2017 Collegiate Draft pick.
Boston trades Karalunas and a seventh round 2015 Collegiate Draft selection to the Ohio Machine in exchange for defenseman Chad Wiedmaier and a first round 2015 Collegiate Draft pick.
Drafted as the first overall pick by the Cannons in 2008, Rabil appeared in 81 games and amassed 354 points with 185 goals and 137 assists. The Johns Hopkins product has made a huge impact on the team, playing a monumental role in the Cannon’s 2011 championship victory. In 2014, Rabil was a member of the silver medal FIL World Championship American team.
Originally drafted by Boston in the 2010 Supplemental Draft, Stone will enter his sixth season with the League. He has appeared in a total of 50 games, recording 62 goals and 16 assists while collecting 31 groundballs for the Cannons.
Seibald is entering his seventh season with the League. Originally selected by Denver as the second overall pick of the 2009 Collegiate Draft, Seibald was acquired by New York through a 2012 trade. The Cornell product appeared in 47 games, accounting for 103 groundballs and 107 points.
Drafted by Hamilton in 2012, Ohio acquired Wiedmaier trough a 2013 trade with the Nationals. In the span of his three year career, he has appeared in 34 games and totaled 59 groundballs.
A product of Villanova, Karalunas was drafted by the Lizards in the 2011 Collegiate Draft. During his four year tenure he has collected 135 groundballs and scored six points. In 2014 he was one of only three Lizards players to appear in all of the regular season games.
The Cannons, Lizards and Machine, as well as the other MLL teams now turn their attention of the 2015 Collegiate Draft on Friday, January 23 at 8:30 pm., where teams will look to strengthen their rosters in preparation for the 2015 season.
Cannons Stock Up on College Draft Picks in Blockbuster Deal
BOSTON, MA – The Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse (MLL), the premier professional outdoor lacrosse league, announced a monumental trade today involving two teams, multiple players and future draft picks.
New York and Boston have executed a trade that will see midfielders Paul Rabil and Mike Stone go to New York in exchange for midfielder Max Seibald, defenseman Brian Karalunas, and the following college draft picks; 2016 1st round pick; 2016 2nd round pick; and 2017 1st round pick. In conjunction with the trade with NY, the Cannons have sent Karalunas and the 7th round pick in the 2015 MLL College Draft to Ohio in exchange for defenseman Chad Wiedmaier and another 1st round pick, the 5th overall pick in the 2015 MLL College Draft.
In what will go down as one of the biggest trade in MLL history, Cannons GM and Vice President, Kevin Barney weighs in on the trade decision stating, “For the past three seasons we have failed at our goal of winning the MLL Championship. Today, we made a trade that put the best short and long term interest of the team into focus. We acquired two players that can have an immediate impact come opening day in April, and top draft picks that will allow us to add the best college players to our team over the next three seasons.”
“We are gaining an incredible foothold for the future of the Boston Cannons franchise,” said Cannons Head Coach John Tucker. “The players we received will become immediate impact players and we will look for them to add athleticism and veteran leadership within our young team.”
The Cannons now have four of the top 19 picks (numbers 4, 5, 12 and 19) in this year’s college draft, which takes place on January 23rd in Baltimore, MD. In the 2016 draft, Boston currently has two 1st Round picks and two 2nd Round picks. For 2017, the Cannons currently have two 1st Round picks.
“The draft picks we received in this deal sets up our organization for years to come,” added Barney. “We currently have four top picks in this year’s draft and for the next two seasons we will have two extremely valuable first round picks. We now have the flexibility to choose two of the top collegiate players each season or the assets to make a trade for a proven impact player.”
“These are exciting times ahead for the Cannons,” said Tucker. “The team we are putting together will be young, fast and aggressive.”
“I want to thank both Paul Rabil and Mike Stone for their dedication to our team and most importantly to our fan base over the past 7 years,” commented Barney on his departing players. “Both players were part of our 2011 Championship Team that will always be a part of this team’s history. I wish them both the best moving forward.”
“Both Paul and Mike are outstanding players and people and we will miss them dearly,” added Tucker.