Another week, another Premiere Lacrosse League trade. While last year’s contenders prepare to make another run for glory, some middle men and bottom feeders are preparing for the future.
The Chrome LC have traded midfielder Romar Dennis and their 3rd round pick in the 2020 College Draft to the Atlas LC in exchange for the Atlas’ 2020 3rd round pick in the College Draft.
Here’s a breakdown of Dennis and the impact of the draft picks, as well as an overall grade:
A graduate and former player of Loyola University in Maryland, Dennis earned All-Patriot League Second Team honors and 2x Patriot League Academic Honor Roll recognition, according to the PLL’s official website.
After this year’s expansion draft, when Dennis was not selected by the Waterdogs LC, it was reported that he would request a trade, according to a tweet from lacrosse insider Dan Arestia. Dennis ended up with six points last season (4 goals, two assists). His former team ended up going 2-10.
The Atlas went 6-6 last year and were eliminated from the championship bracket early into the post season.
A 3rd round pick usually doesn’t sound like a big deal. Considering the amount of teams in the league (7 total), many of these 3rd and 2nd round picks would be considered 1st round talent in another sport.
So the Atlas are getting the 20th pick overall, and the Chrome move up 3 spots to the 17th. This is a move that shows the Chrome want to evaluate younger talent for longevity sake: this is not a win-now move.
Uh, Chrome, what are you doing?
I’ll talk that side of things first. This move doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. Dennis is a solid midfielder. He shoots well on the run and can play on both ends of the field. Moving up three spots isn’t an awful thing (again, this draft class is LOADED), but they should’ve tried to obtain another pick in that case. There’s only four rounds, so to play devil’s advocate the Chrome may have thought they couldn’t get anything else. Just feels like too much was given up.
For the Atlas, this will only boost their team. With the veteran’s draft coming up, they could look to expand their roster there (same with the Chrome of course). Dennis will be able to produce more on this offense led by midfielder and league co-founder Paul Rabil. He’ll also join attackman Eric Law, who he previously played with.
The veteran’s draft also has to be considered, which is why this move by the Chrome isn’t closer to a D. With roughly a 25% chance to have the first selection, the Chrome can bolster their roster with a enticing free agent from the Major Lacrosse League or National Lacrosse League.