The Vancouver Stealth are full of fresh starts for the upcoming season with a new home Arena and, more importantly, a very promising new player who they are lucky to have gotten in the draft this year: Cody Bremner.
Bremner, a senior at Cornell University, has three years of playing at the college level under his belt as well as two seasons with the Nanaimo Timbermen in the WLA. He was named the WLA’s “Rookie of the Year” in 2012 with a total of 69 points and added 54 points to his total during the 2013 season.
So, why was he the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NLL draft and not picked earlier? The only answer is that, after Logan Schuss and Jason Noble were chosen first and second overall, the teams choosing before Washington was up were not looking for another player who would add lefty depth.
With the first two picks, Minnesota chose Logan Schuss and Jason Nobel the only other two lefty forwards chosen in the first round. After Schuss and Nobel were out of the realm of possibilities for the Stealth, the obvious pick would be Bremner.
”To get Cody Bremner was a huge opportunity for us. So we were really thrilled with that pick. He’s had a couple of years of WLA experience already so we know we’re getting a proven commodity”, Stealth head coach Chris Hall explained to laxmagazine.com.
For Bremner to crack the line up and be able to play alongside players like Athan Iannucci, Lewis Ratcliff, and Rhys Duch would be a great opportunity and it is a challenge he can overcome. The need for a lefty player gives him the upper hand he will need when being compared to such notable players.
As the eighth draft pick, Cody Bremner was a steal for the Stealth and the teams that overlooked him are sure to regret that decision.