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2016 NLL Draft: Unsurprisingly Surprising Results

Some said that the 2016 draft was a weak one; after the first round and a half, the quality of prospects dropped off. After Monday night’s draft at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre though, it seemed that all teams were happy with the players they picked. The top three went exactly as expected – Saskatchewan Rush GM Derek Keenan took his son Ryan, a forward, first overall. The Toronto Rock…

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Bandits Acquire Brad Self from Knighthawks for Lomas

The Buffalo Bandits traded their 16th overall selection on Monday night’s NLL draft to the Rochester Knighthawks for transition defender Brad Self. The Knighthawks would use that selection to take Dan Lomas out of High Point and the Oakville Rock. In 2016, Self played in 15 games for the Knighthawks where he  played in 15 games and scored 23 points. Self’s career high in points of 29 came in his…

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2016 NLL Draft Live Blog: Rush on the Clock

The National Lacrosse League draft 2016 edition is finally here. Anna Taylor is live on scene and will update what’s happening from Oakville while Marisa Ingemi is following along and will be posting picks as they happen along with analysis. Commissioner Nick Sakiewicz speaks first thanking each team and their fans and saying we should be proud of our league. The Saskatchewan Rush, defending Champions Cup winners, have the first pick….

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2016 NLL Draft Preview: Rochester Knighthawks

The 2016 NLL Draft is thsevening and the Rochester Knighthawks have two selections in Round 1 (6-7 overall).  Just two years ago the talk was “can Rochester make it four in a row?” That season ended with the Rock dismantling the Knighthawks in game two, and the mini-game was a complete collapse.  Last season the Knighthawks had the worst season in team history by going 7-11 and allowing a franchise…

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2016 NLL Full Six Round Mock Draft

FIRST ROUND Saskatchewan (from Vancouver): Ryan Keenan, LF, Brooklin/Quinnipiac Son of Rush GM and coach Derek Keenan. However, that’s not the only reason Keenan would go first overall. This is a down draft year, and if the Rush didn’t hold this slot, there might not be a clear-cut number one. He posted 40 points in 13 games with the Redmen this season, and had 90 with Whitby last year over…

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NLL Announces 2017 Schedule: Highlights

The 2017 National Lacrosse League season will kick off on December 29th, and for just the second time since 1993, the off season saw no team relocation or movement. Everyone from last season returns as the Saskatchewan Rush will look to defend their title. The season is full of plenty of interesting games, but here are the most intriguing. Week One Toronto @ Rochester, 12/29 7:30pm- The first game of…

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Roughnecks Add Riley Loewen for Second Round Pick

The Saskatchewan Rush remained active on the trade front on Monday, shipping lefty forward Riley Loewen to the Calgary Roughnecks for a 2017 second round draft pick. Since the Rush are projected to use their first overall draft selection next week to take lefty forward Ryan Keenan, Saskatchewan was going to have to make room. The team already made another switch on the left side earlier on Monday when they…

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Rush Acquire Adam Jones From Mammoth for Zack Greer

Ahead of next week’s National Lacrosse League draft, two teams came down with a surprising trade on Monday afternoon. The Colorado Mammoth acquired forward Zack Greer from the Colorado Mammoth in return for forward Adam Jones. Both Jones and Greer have been two of the most prolific scorers in the western conference for the past half decade. Both lefty forwards, the trade likely comes down thanks to location reasons. Jones…

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Swarm Acquire Jordan Hall for Three Draft Picks

For the third time in as many years, Jordan Hall has been involved in a trade with the New England Black Wolves. On Friday afternoon, New England shipped Hall to the Georgia Swarm for three draft picks; the eighth, 14th, and 24th overall in the upcoming 2016 entry draft. The Black Wolves had been without a draft selection until the 29th overall before this trade. Previously, general manager Richard Lisk had…

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Mann Cup: Series Even So Far Between Chiefs and Burrards

People in the East were salivating over the fact that the Mann Cup was coming back “home”. Whispers around the rinks were that the West just wasn’t strong this season. All the talent came back to the MSL this season, so the WLA champion would really just be an also-ran in the Mann Cup. The Maple Ridge Burrards are certainly proving that false. After two games against the Six Nations…

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