SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Swarm today acquired a 2013 first round draft selection in a trade with the Toronto Rock in exchange for T Ryan Sharp.
“Ryan was a great player in his time here,” General Manager Marty O’Neill said. “It’s a trade of inconvenience in some respects because we are trying to help him out with his career and the travel issues. Ryan had some conflicts with his work outside of lacrosse and he couldn’t make a full-time commitment to the team.”
Sharp, 28, appeared in one contest in 2011 and recorded 12 loose balls in the Swarm’s 11-10 loss to Rochester (1/8/11). Minnesota acquired the six-year veteran in a trade with Portland in 2007. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound transition specialist played in 42 games with the Swarm (2007-11), tallying 42 points (19g, 23a) and 237 loose balls.
Minnesota now owns two first round picks in 2013 after Tuesday’s trade with Toronto.
“We are always preparing ourselves to be strong in the future,” O’Neill said. “We are positioned well in the coming three drafts to select some youthful talent that can come in and continue to push our guys.”
Minnesota signed free agent T Brock Boyle to fill Sharp’s roster spot.
Boyle, 28, spent the 2005-07 seasons with the Swarm, totaling 51 points (30g, 21a), and 133 loose balls. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound defenseman holds the Swarm’s all-time record for most career goals scored by a defenseman (30). Boyle also totaled the most goals by a Swarm defenseman in a single season (13) in 2006. The native of Toronto, Ontario has also spent time with Rochester (2009), Chicago (2008) and Albany (2003).
“Brock had a great training camp with us this year,” O’Neill said. “We were looking for a player like him to step in if Ryan Sharp wasn’t available this season. We all know what Brock brings to the table. He’s a deadly shooter in transition and if we are going to be a transition team, we need to make sure we have depth at that position. We are looking for him to give us depth and if we have any injuries, we wont hesitate to use him.”