The Minnesota Swarm continues to pursue youth over experience for the second straight off-season. On August 20, 2014 the Swarm traded Brock “The Rock” Sorenson to the Toronto Rock for the ninth pick in the 2013 NLL draft, Ethan O’Connor.
Swarm fans may remember O’Connor (playing for Toronto) as he stripped the ball seven times against the Swarm, contributing to the Rock’s 9-8 victory over the Swarm on March 16, 2014.
Swarm Owner John Arlotta thanked Sorenson for his contribution to the team over the last two years and added “We were recently informed that Brock would be unable to play with us this season due to his job commitments, so this was the best situation for both sides.”
Minnesota will miss Sorenson’s massive presence on defense and his brilliant picks and checks in the offensive zone. In the two years Sorenson played with the Swarm he never missed a game.
O’Connor will bring smaller, craftier play to the Swarm. He forced 15 turnovers in his rookie year and led the Rock by scooping up 133 loose balls in 2014. With the trade the Swarm will have five of the top nine picks in the 2013 NLL Draft and the team has a pair of picks in the first round of the 2014 draft.
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