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Atlas LC trade Ryan Brown to Waterdogs LC

The Premier Lacrosse League deals aren’t stopping, as the league announced Atlas LC has traded Ryan Brown to Waterdogs LC in exchange for the #11 pick in the 2020 PLL College Draft. It was the second straight day that a big name player was dealt and it once again involved Coach Ben Rubeor and the Atlas.

The trade is possibly the least lopsided we’ve seen so far, especially considering how deep the 2021 PLL College Draft is. While it’s hard to imagine why Coach Ben Rubeor would want to trade a player of Brown’s caliber, his plethora of draft picks in the PLL Entry Draft and PLL College Draft allow him to replace Brown with a similarly skilled shooter like Mac O’Keefe, or go in a different direction and add an attackman with a different skillset like Randy Staats or Dan Bucaro in the PLL Entry Draft. Coach Ben Rubeor now holds the first, eighth, 10th, 11th, 17th and 26th overall picks in the 2021 PLL College Draft and will be able to further build a young, talented team that can compete this summer and well into the future.

On the flipside, Coach Andy Copelan gets a massive upgrade at the righty wing position by adding arguably the most lethal shooter in pro lacrosse. The move was particularly needed, given Coach Copelan’s decision (and the correct decision in my opinion) to leave Ryan Drenner unprotected. While the general consensus was that the Waterdogs would draft an offensive threat at #4 in the PLL Entry Draft, the trade makes their plan a bit less clear. The Dogs could still upgrade on attack and take a player like Randy Staats in the first round, but now they could just as easily opt to draft Brodie Merrill’s potential replacement and select Ben Randall or Liam Byrnes (if either pole makes it to #4).

What are your thoughts on the trade between the Atlas and Waterdogs? Do you think a change of scenery will help Ryan Brown bounce back from a below average 2020? Let us know in the comments or on social media.

Hutton Jackson is a professional video editor, co-founder/host of Pro Lacrosse Talk and editor-in-chief of Lacrosse Playground. He is also an Emmy-winning associate producer with two major sports networks and oversees Lacrosse Playground's video content as the head coordinating producer. Hutton played four years of college lacrosse at DeSales University where his highest lacrosse accolade was being named to Inside Lacrosse's 2014 All-Name Team with current pros Challen Rogers, Deemer Class and Larken Kemp, an honor that didn't require stepping on the field. When he's not writing on lacrosse, he can usually be found diving around the crease in your local men's league and ranting about Baltimore and D.C. professional sports.

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[…] the Princeton/Duke attackman to quarterback an offense that was stagnant last year and recently added one of the best finishers in the game in Ryan Brown during the […]

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[…] The deal marked the first player acquisition that Ben Rubeor has made via a trade this offseason, after trading Paul Rabil to the Cannons and Ryan Brown to the Waterdogs. […]

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[…] his presence will open up lanes and he will be able to finish with just a shred of space. Coach Andy Copelan evidently loves Brown’s versatility and does not want to wait for the pass to come to him – he wants to get Brown on the move to free […]

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