July 27, 2012

Edmonton Sends Holdout Rabil to Rochester

from staff reports

Paul Rabil, shown in a uniform of the Washington Stealth, the last NLL team he played for, is now a member of the Rochester Knighthawks after a trade Friday.
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The reigning National Lacrosse League champion Rochester Knighthawks have brought Paul Rabil back East, where he wants to be.

On Friday, the Edmonton Rush and Rochester announced a trade sending Rabil to the Knighthawks in exchange for Jarrett Davis. Rabil was traded from the Washington Stealth to Edmonton during last season, but didn't play a game for the Rush after asking to be traded again to an Eastern U.S. market closer to his Baltimore home.

"Rabil was never going to play for us, and in a thin market, we had to make the best deal possible," Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan said Friday. "Jarrett is a talented, skilled, and athletic young right-handed offensive player and we need help on the right side."

In four seasons in the National Lacrosse League, Rabil recorded 44 goals and 79 assists, and 324 loose balls in 52 games with the Washington Stealth. The 26-year-old has made a habit of winning championships. Rabil captured the 2010 NLL title and the 2011 Major League Lacrosse title. In-between he earned MVP honors as he led Team USA to a gold medal at the 2010 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. He also earned two NCAA Championships at Johns Hopkins University. He stands as only one of three players in lacrosse to have won an MLL, NLL, World Championship, and Division I Championship in his career, joining Gary Gait and Tom Marechek.
Rabil was drafted second overall by the Stealth in the 2008 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. In 2010, he scored two goals to help Washington win its first NLL title. That season, he set the Washington Stealth team record for loose balls, collecting 153 in 16 games. In 2011, he helped the Stealth return the Champion's Cup Finals. In the summer of 2011, he played for the US Indoor Team and helped the Americans win bronze in Prague. In 2012, Rabil was named to his fourth consecutive NLL All-Star Game. He was traded later in the season to the Edmonton Rush in exchange for Athan Iannucci.
In the pro field game, Rabil is currently a member of the MLL’s Boston Cannons and leads the league with 32 assists and 56 points. He is 16 points away from breaking John Grant Jr.’s single-season MLL record of 71 points. In 2011, he not only won his first MLL title, but was selected the Offensive Player of the Year and league MVP for the second time in his career. Rabil has played in five consecutive MLL All-Star Games.

He joined the Cannons in 2008 as the first overall pick after an impressive college career. Rabil was a major contributor for the 2005 and the 2007 NCAA Championships for Johns Hopkins. Rabil was one of the most decorated players to ever play for the Blue Jays, earning four-time All-American honors and the 2007 McLaughlin Award given to the nation's most outstanding midfielder. He was also a finalist for the Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the "Most Outstanding" collegiate lacrosse player, in 2007 and 2008.

Heading to Edmonton in the trade is third-year pro Jarrett Davis. In 2012, he recorded a career-high 21 assists and 28 points in 13 games with the Knighthawks. The Port Moody, BC native played an even bigger role in the 2012 Champion’s Cup Playoffs, recording a team-high nine assists and tying for fourth on the team with 10 points. The former first-round pick concluded the postseason with two assists in the win over Edmonton in the NLL Finals.

Williams Dealt, Swarm Get No. 3 Overall Pick

The Rush also traded Shawn Williams to the Minnesota Swarm, who then sent Edmonton's leading scorer last year to Buffalo in a a deal that gave Minnesota the No. 3 overall pick in the NLL entry draft.

The Bandits have acquired Williams, defenseman Brendon Doran, a 2012 first-round pick and two 2012 second-round picks from the Minnesota Swarm in exchange for Buffalo's first-round pick in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, pending league approval.

A member of the Bandits in 2000 and 2001, Williams (5'11", 195 lbs., 6/20/74) returns to Buffalo after spending 10 seasons in Rochester from 2002 to 2011 and playing in Edmonton in 2012.

"Shawn will help add some scoring to our roster," said Bandits general manager Steve Dietrich. "He is a great teammate on and off the floor and understands how special it is to be a Buffalo Bandit."

Williams recorded 68 points (16+52) and eight penalty minutes in Edmonton last season, leading the Rush in points and ranking sixth in the league in assists. He added 13 points (2+11) in three playoff games. In his career, Williams has totaled 1,038 points (412+626) and 117 penalty minutes in 223 games with Edmonton, Rochester, Buffalo and Toronto/Ontario.

Doran (5'8", 180 lbs. 2/6/86) is entering his third NLL season after playing nine games in Minnesota last season and five as a member of the Toronto Rock in 2010. In 14 career games, he has tallied seven points (4+3) and 10 penalty minutes.

"Brendon is a young, gritty defenseman and will fit very well into our defensive system," Dietrich said.

The Bandits gave up the third overall pick in 2012 as part of the trade, but received the fifth, 14th and 18th picks in return from the Swarm. The trade gives Buffalo four second-round picks and five selections in the top 18. No other East Division team is currently slated to pick before 20th overall.

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