As the NLL trade deadline of March 11th is fastly approaching, we saw three pretty big trades today. While multiple teams were involved, the one constant was that every trade involved the Rochester Knighthaws.
The Rochester Knighthawks traded forward Joe Resetartis to the New England Black Wolves in exchange for two draft picks. Rochester will get a first round pick in 2022 and a second round pick in 2019 from New England.
Resetartis is a seven-year veteran, having played in Rochester since being acquired from Buffalo back in March of 2015. The forward has tallied a career total of 364 points (149G,215A). So far this season Resetartis has 41 points (15G,26A).
For New England this is a huge pickup, especially with the Callum Crawford suspension situation. Resetartis will be the number one righty forward during however many games Crawford is suspended (maximum of 6). Beyond that, Resetartis adds depth to the right side with Crawford and Digby being their other two righty forwards.
Rochester wasn’t done wheeling and dealing after the Resetartis trade, making two others within in just a few hours of the Resetartis trade coming out. The Knighthawks traded defenseman Paul Dawson to San Diego in exchange for draft picks and traded forward Cory Vitarelli to Colorado in exchange for Ryan Benesch.
The Knighthawks receive a 2020 second round pick and a conditional 2022 second round pick from San Diego in exchange for Paul Dawson. The veteran defenseman had been with Rochester since being acquired from Philadelphia in December of 2012. Dawson has 3 assist and 34 loose balls thus far in 2019. He will be playing with his brother Dan Dawson in San Diego for the Seals.
In the biggest move of the day Rochester adds a lot of firepower, trading Cory Vitarelli to Colorado for Ryan Benesch. The lefty forward has been one of the best shooters in the league. Benesch has a career total of 977 points (415G,562A) thus far. This season Benesch has been the number one guys in Colorado, tallying 47 points (17G,30A).
For Vitarelli he goes to Colorado after spending his entire nine-year career with the Knighthawks. Vitarelli has a career total of 313 points (184G,129A). Vitarelli will be a good addition in Colorado on the left side, joining the likes of Eli McLaughlin and Chris Wardle.