SAINT PAUL, Minn. - The Minnesota Swarm today signed rookie forwards Corbyn Tao (Robert Morris University) and Jay Card (Hofstra University) to two-year deals.
Minnesota drafted Tao in the second round (12th overall) and Card with the first selection in the third round (19th overall) of the 2011 NLL Entry Draft.
Tao, 23, finished his senior season at Robert Morris University in 2011 and posted 35 points (25g, 10a) in 15 games. In 2010, he led the Colonials in goals with a school-record 41 and ranked first in the nation in shooting percentage, scoring on 53.2 percent of his shots. This past summer he posted 37 points (13g, 24a) in 17 games with the WLA’s New Westminster Salmonbellies.
“Corbyn is a young, energetic guy,” Associate General Manager Joe Sullivan said. “He’s a right-handed forward who is going to get in everyone’s face. He’s full of energy and he’s not going to stop. He can finish and will be able to put the ball in the net for the Swarm.”
Card, 22, finished his senior season at Hofstra University in 2011 and led his team with 46 points (29g, 17a). The 5-foot-10, 190-pound native of Caledon, Ontario has also spent time with the New Westminster Salmonbellies (BCJALL) and the Orangeville Northmen (OLA Jr. A & B).
“Jay has been an All-Star at every level he has been involved with so far in his career,” Sullivan said. “There’s no reason to think given time and guidance that he won't do the same in the NLL wearing blue and yellow. We anticipate Jay to come to camp ready to secure a position in our starting lineup.”
Sullivan also added, "The signing of these two right-handed offensive players solidifies our right side following the trades we made earlier in the year. We have now surrounded Callum Crawford with a young, athletic, and tough group of right-handed players that will compete hard for roster spots and playing time. John McClure comes off a great summer where he won a MannCup, while Tao and Card both bring significant experience playing in the Canadian summer leagues. Add two talented and motivated Americans in Todd Baxter and Pat Smith with our right-handed transition players and we have the makings of an exciting right side."