Bandits deal for Hamburg’s Resetarits, take Diachenko, Wilde in NLL Draft
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • September 17, 2013 @ 10:28am
If there’s one advantage that Buffalo Bandits GM Steve Dietrich has over his predecessor—recently fired head coach and former GM Darris Kilgour—it’s his consistency in building a team.
After selecting budding star Dhane Smith and promising Jordan Critch in last year’s NLL Entry Draft, Dietrich worked the phones in 2013, sealing the deal on three trades that should immediately improve the Bandits without mortgaging the team’s future—a common criticism of Kilgour’s moves.
Shipping embattled forward Luke Wiles to Philadelphia—his family’s hometown—returned two second-round draft picks to Buffalo, ensuring that the Bandits would hold three of the draft’s top 15 picks (see the full draft results on NLL.com).
The lone NLL team to miss the 2013 postseason wasn’t done working the market yet, however, as Dietrich sent the highest of those picks—No. 10, as well as a 2015 second-rounder—to Calgary for former Hamburg Central High School star Joe Resetarits, younger brother of former Buffalo forward Frank Resetarits.
Buffalo’s new Resetarits was a first-round selection of Calgary in the 2012 draft—No. 6 overall—and he contributed 24 points (8 goals, 16 assists) in 14 games for the Roughnecks in his rookie season.
After playing much of his career in New York—high school as a Bulldog and college lacrosse at Albany (and summer lax in St. Catharines and Brampton)—the move back to Western New York makes sense for the younger Resetarits, especially considering the modest NLL salaries and the headache of frequent cross-country travel.
According to IL Indoor guru Bob Chavez—and this shouldn’t be a surprise—a close bond was formed between Frank, who was released by the Bandits in March 2012, and Joe.
“The things he’s taught me over the years, I’ve looked up to him and he’s the biggest influence in my life sports-wise,” said Joe. “He’s been there for everything for me.”
While Resetarits can be considered the Bandits’ prized acquisition from Monday, Dietrich added several other complementary pieces in second round picks in University of Delaware transition star Nick Diachenko—who played summer lacrosse with Bandits’ assistant captain Shawn Williams in Brooklin—and Mitch Wilde, another righty transition player from Robert Morris University.
Here’s IL Indoor’s breakdown of Diachenko from the 2013 Mock Draft 3.0:
“...a talented, athletic player with lots of upside. Diachenko was a healthy scratch for some games with Brooklin this summer. That can affect different players differently. On his return to the lineup, Diachenko seemed to be more focused on playing sound defence and not letting himself scramble around. That positive adjustment could tip the scales in his favour. He also had a strong combine. He may have been the hardest working player in the scrimmage, showing that he has no intention of resting on his athletic laurels.”
Here’s their rundown on Wilde:
Wilde was second overall in the fitness and agility testing [at the NLL Combine], an extremely impressive performance for such a big man (6′3”, 208 pounds). He played well in the scrimmage, playing solid physical defence and displaying some surprising stick skills when asked to play in the offensive zone.
Although transition player Dhane Smith spent most of his rookie season coming out the front door, we’ll see how Dietrich and Cordingley employ Diachenko and Wilde.
There’s been a league-wide emphasis on athletes who can quickly move up and down the floor in transition, and Buffalo has added two top-notch prospects to its roster.
Dietrich also added youngster Mitch Jones—once property of the Vancouver Stealth—via trade in return for pick No. 20, and also drafted St. Catharine’s Eric Penney (fifth round), Alberta’s Kevin Pym and Clarington’s Dylan Goddard.
Sure, it’s painful to see the “acquired from Buffalo” addition to Minnesota’s first overall pick of Buckeye star Logan Schuss—the repercussions of trading future first-round picks as Buffalo did for Anthony Cosmo two years ago. Still, that move wasn’t the fault of the present regime, and it’s encouraging to see a plan in motion.
(Photos courtesy of NLL.com—see their draft gallery here, photo of Resetarits by Ted Rhodes of the Calgary Herald).