The Buffalo Bandits have placed Josh Byrne on the active roster ahead of week 14. The forward has been on IR since week six after leaving the Bandits game against the Philadelphia Wings midway through with an injury.
Drafted 1st overall in the 2017 NLL draft, Byrne had a stellar rookie season in 2018, posting 63 points (26G,37A). Byrne was 5th on the team in points, 4th in goals, and 5th in assist. He was also in the top 35 in points throughout the entire league last season
Through the five games that Byrne has played this year, he has tallied 31 points (8G,23A). Byrne will most likely add to a lot more to that stat line through the Bandits last five game of the regular season.
Coming into this season Byrne was expected to be one of the leaders on offense again. With the Bandits additions in the offseason and the talent they already had, it looked like Buffalo was poised for an NLL Finals run, and it still does. Even with Byrne out the Bandits have had a “next man up” kind of mentality and have been playing phenomenal. A prime example is Thomas Hoggarth, who has been outstanding all season.
With Byrne coming back into the mix the Bandits should be even stronger. Which is tough to say considering they are currently sitting atop the Eastern Division and have the best record in the league at 10-3. That left handed side looks even more deadly, adding Byrne back into the mix with Corey Small and Jordan Durston.
The Buffalo Bandits travel to take on the Saskatchewan Rush on Saturday night in a battle between top teams in the East and West.