NLL: Mammoth lead draft with 11 new picks

October 16, 2020

If Draft Day is where General Managers earn their pay, Brad Self of the Colorado Mammoth deserves overtime. Over the course of the evening, Self and the Mammoth made a pair of trades and 11 selections, the most of any team. Despite their slew of picks, Colorado sat out the first round after dealing their pick, along with Dan Coates, to Georgia in June for Zed Williams and a pair…

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NLL: Bandits reload through draft and free agency

September 28, 2020

The Buffalo Bandits selected six players in the 2020 NLL Entry Draft. The Bandits, who finished last years shortened season at 7-4, selected three forwards and three transition players. During the draft the Bandits made a trade with the Rochester Knighthawks to obtain the 19th overall selection. The Bandits also received a conditional first-round pick in 2021 and a second-round pick in the 2023 NLL Entry Draft. Being sent to…

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NLL: Saskatchewan Rush add depth to their roster in draft

September 26, 2020

The Saskatchewan Rush came away from this year’s NLL draft with seven prospects that have the potential to add significant depth to an already strong core on both ends of the floor. The Rush had two first-round picks, in the seventh and 12th spots overall. With the seventh-overall pick, they selected Marshall Powless. The younger brother of the Toronto Rock’s Johnny Powless, the lefty sniper declared early for the draft,…

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NLL: Black Wolves hoping to replace Crawford’s scoring touch with field stars

September 24, 2020

The New England Black Wolves selected one of the smallest draft classes last week, acquiring just five new players in the NLL’s first virtual draft. They also acquired Jacob Ruest and the 24th overall pick from the Colorado Mammoth for their own two second rounders. The Black Wolves had to wait until the second round to get involved in the action, having traded their 2020 first-round pick to Georgia in…

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NLL: Teat leads exceptionally strong Riptide draft class

September 23, 2020

With all the hype that Jeff Teat is bringing to the New York Riptide, it’s a shame that he won’t actually be suiting up until the 2021-22 season. When the NCAA granted a fifth year of playing eligibility to senior students to complete their collegiate careers, Teat decided to return to Cornell for one more shot at a championship with the Big Red. Another year of preparation isn’t necessary for…

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NLL: Roughnecks add speed, scoring through draft

September 22, 2020

Last Thursday night, young lacrosse players from across Canada and the U.S. logged in to the first ever virtual draft to see if they would be one of the lucky 93 names selected. For nine of those players, their dreams came true when they were selected by the Calgary Roughnecks in the. The Riggers added a number of talented players and stuck to their motto of choosing the best available…

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NLL: Rock shore up at faceoff in 2020 draft

September 21, 2020

The Toronto Rock entered Thursday night’s draft with the fewest picks of all the teams. Arguably, they had the fewest holes to fill. General Manager Jamie Dawick ended up trading a future pick as the Rock added six young players to their ranks. It was a long wait for the first pick, 30th overall. With it the Rock made a somewhat surprising pick in TD Ierlan from Yale. On the…

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NLL: Swarm clean up with eight picks in 2020 draft

September 20, 2020

The Georgia Swarm had a strong showing during the 2020 NLL Draft, which was held virtually for the first time ever. Georgia picked up eight players – four in the first round alone. In the first round, the Swarm held the sixth, eighth, 10th, and 13th picks. They used those four picks to make some significant splashes and grab talent that will bolster the Swarm’s roster now and in years…

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NLL: Wings stay local in first virtual draft

September 19, 2020

The Philadelphia Wings had eight draft picks in Thursday’s National Lacrosse League draft. Thirty-eight per cent of their picks were from Johns Hopkins as the Wings seem to be banking on local connections to support their fan base. Most of their picks also have a great mix of box and field experience. Their first pick was the 16th selection in the draft, the last pick of the first round. They…

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NLL: Thunderbirds targeted defence at the 2020 draft

September 19, 2020

The Halifax Thunderbirds targeted defence during the 2020 NLL draft. They took a defender in the first and second rounds, and they also acquired Tyson Bell from the Calgary Roughnecks for their 14th and 20th picks. “We were trying to shore up our defence with young talented defenders,” said head coach Mike Accursi. “We did that tonight with Riggs, Bell, Terefenko and Friesen. They are all fantastic young big defenders…

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