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The Charlotte Hounds aren’t in full rebuilding mode, but they are definitely changing the structure of their team. With Adam Ghitelman, Ryan Young and Matt Danowski gone thanks to trades, the Hounds roster will have a new look in 2015.
The Hounds used the draft to build up their team, taking local players. With the third overall pick, Charlotte drafted midfielder Will Haus from Duke University.
Charlotte traded up in the draft, and sent two picks to Chesapeake in order to select North Carolina stand out Joey Sankey. Sankey has 91 career goals as a Tar Heel, and the lefty attacker will fall into place as an impact player for the offense right away.
The third round pick was Kip Orban out of Princeton, considered some to be a reach pick. In the fourth round, Charlotte took faceoff specialist Kevin Massa, who made a name for himself with Bryant when the Bulldogs upset Syracuse in the NCAA playoffs. He can help take over the burden with faceoffs after the Hounds traded Geoff Snider to Denver.
Charlotte also took Drexel midfielder Ryan Belka and Johns Hopkins defender John Kelly with their last picks.
Over the past few seasons, Charlotte has selected several Loyola players, enough that some thought they would take Nikko Pontrello with their third pick. Instead, Charlotte went heavy with the North Carolina players with their first two picks before trying to fill needs.
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