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Tim Soudan Quote Sheet

December 19, 2011
Rochester Rattlers Head Coach Tim Soudan met with the media today on a Major League Lacrosse Conference Call to discuss the Rattlers off-season moves so far as well as the upcoming MLL Collegiate Draft next month.

 

Overall thoughts on the off-season so far…

“I think we’ve done very well.  I don’t think we wanted to rely a whole lot on the collegiate draft to fill our needs this year.  We wanted to have a team in place when the season started.  We analyzed our needs and some of the holes that we had on last year’s team, and then we went out and tried to address some of those deficiencies.  I think we’ve created some competition with face-offs.  Overall I think we’re a much better team than we were a year ago.”

 

On drafting local players…

“I think it’s a big deal to focus on local talent at a certain point because it just makes things easier for everyone involved.  Take a look at the Supplemental Draft.  After a certain point all of the teams started to draft local players.  Having local players on the roster helps to ease travel costs, it helps to ease stress, and it results in better rested players on game days.”

 

On trading Jordan McBride…

“We evaluated Jordan as one of best young finishers in league, but it was a really hard travel day to get him to Rochester.  Jordan was traveling from Vancouver to Rochester or another East Coast city every weekend.  He is currently playing indoor in Denver so it seemed like a logical move to take a look at. “

 

On the acquisition of Dan Hardy…

“I think he’s a huge piece of the puzzle for our team next season.  I think he can step in and play right away.  He can be a big threat coming out of the midfield and into the attack.   Taking a look at the group of midfielders we have to start the season right now, I think that we are going to be able to score some goals.  Dan’s excited to come in and play with some guys that he’s familiar with.  I think the travel arrangements will work out better for him this year playing in Rochester.  Overall I think that it’s a good fit for both of us. “

 

On the process to prepare for draft…

“To be honest it’s a fairly arduous process.  Our owner/general manager Rob Clark takes great pride in being prepared.  We wanted to make sure that we were going to be selecting guys who wanted to play in Rochester.  After the draft we ended up looking at the list and seeing eight guys who we had talked to and that we knew were committed to playing here.  There’s a lot that goes into the draft process, and I’ve been out of the game for a while, so I relied on the opinion of some of our veteran players who have been around for a while and really know the league.  Of course, now you can find virtually anything on the internet so that’s a really important part of doing research too.  More than just stats and highlights though, is the fact that we want to have guys who are outstanding character guys because the culture in a locker room in this league is so very important.  We also like to take a close look at Syracuse guys because they know what upstate is all about and they are really familiar with our fan base.”

 

On the MLL College Draft…

“I think overall we are going to be looking at the best player available when it’s our turn to pick.  This year the general consensus seems to be that it is not that deep of a draft, so we are looking at some different avenues to get another pick in the first round.  Our priorities are going to be looking to acquire some scoring out of midfield and some two-way midfielders.”