Fresh off the announcement that the Toronto Shooting Stars have folded, the Canadian Lacrosse League (CLax) announced yesterday that they will be holding a Shooting Stars dispersal draft this coming Sunday (December 15th) at 4pm. The draft will consist of six rounds with any player left undrafted after the final round becoming a free agent.
Toronto was the runner up for the 2013 Creator’s Cup and the third team to leave the CLAx in the last two months. The Creator’s Cup winning Iroquois Ironmen and the Brampton Inferno both announced last month that they would not be returning in 2014. No dispersal drafts were needed for either of those teams though as the Ironmen players are now eligible to play for their arena sharing neighbours, the Ohsweken Demons, while the Inferno players will have the option to suit up for South West Cyclops, the league’s newest team.
The Barrie Blizzard will have first pick in Sunday’s dispersal draft followed by the Durham TurfDogs, the South West Cyclops and the Niagara Lock Monsters. Power forward Aaron Grayson is a heavy favourite to go first overall while second pick could be a toss up between 2013 Transition Player of the Year Mack O’Brien, captain Josh Wasson and assist leader Brad Levick. If coaches were available in this draft then last season’s Coach of The Year Glenn Clark would be a heavily coveted commodity as well; at this point it’s unclear what will happen to Toronto’s coaching staff but if they shouldn’t have trouble landing a spot elsewhere if they choose to remain in the league.