Chiefs acquire Patrick Merrill

The Six Nations Pro-Fit Chiefs were one of the teams busy at the Major Series Lacrosse deadline.
The defending MSL and Mann Cup champions bulked up on defence, acquiring Patrick Merrill from the Brampton Excelsiors. In return, the Excelsiors get a second and third round pick in the 2017 MSL draft, as well as future considerations.
"Patrick is a gritty player, who brings a wealth of experience to our team," Chiefs general manager Duane Jacobs said. "Patrick is a winner and leader. He will provide us with solid defensive play, and can also run in transition. He'll fit in nicely with our team."
The 35-year-old hasn't suited up for the Excelsiors the last couple of seasons, played with the Snake Island Muskies of the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League last summer.
Merrill, who plays with the Toronto Rock in the National Lacrosse League, was a first round choice in 2002. After four seasons with the Rock, he was the first-overall pick by the Boston Blazers in the 2008 expansion draft. 
After the Blazers and Arizona Sting announced that they would cease operations, Merrill was the second-overall pic of the New York Titans in the subsequent dispersal draft.
In 2011, Merrill returned to the Rock, and has been there since.

As all Chiefs fans have noticed, Colin Doyle has not been in the lineup this summer.
Doyle is recovering from a lower body injury from the NLL season, and according to Jacobs, will be ready for the playoffs.
Doyle led the Chiefs last season with 28 goals and 48 assists in 18 games.
During the MSL playoffs he was also a catalyst, scoring 12 goals and 23 assists in nine games, and had four goals and 14 helpers during the Mann Cup series.


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