CLax Previews: Niagara Lock Monsters

Niagara, formerly the Peel Avengers, are looking to wreck havoc with the Canadian Lacrosse League. They have some new players in place and are looking to be a 2013 playoff team.

Derek Collins is gone to Barrie, so the only goaltender they have from last year is Zach Bowen.

Andrew Potter out of St. Catharines was the team’s top pick, so they have high expectations for him and their second pick Travis Gibbons out of Brock. Another CUFLA player Jordan Daradick of Guleph was also drafted.

The Monsters selected some NLL worthy players who have a chance to suit up in CLax this season. Bryan Campbell of Minnesota, Joel Matthews of Buffalo, Justin Pychel of Washington and Kevin Bromwell of Washington could see time with Niagara in 2013.

Bryan Nuefield of Brooklin and Ajax of MSL was selected to add some pro depth along with 18 year old Ryan Dakin from St. Catharines.

Garrett Ball, of the St. Catharines Athletics Sr B team, was also selected after a strong Presidents Cup tournament. Connor Danko of the Mann Cup champs Peterborough Lakers was selected as well.

Kim Squire, who led the team in scoring with 57 points, is back for 2013. Nick Cotter signed with the Buffalo Bandits and Brandon Ivey with the Toronto Rock of the NLL, leaving them off of the Niagara roster.

Sean Thomson who scored 46 points and Jamie Kirk who had 37 are also back. Miller Rusbridge, their top defender, is still at Rochester Knighthawks training camp. Ryan Learn is also currently at Colorado Mammoth camp.

Ryan Campbell led the team with 23 goals last season. He also led the team with two game winning goals.

Their goaltender Bowen last season played in just four games with a GAA over 18.