In just 4 days the 2013 National Lacrosse League Draft will take place, and we will see who will be the #1 overall pick. Percentages leaning toward Logan Schuss, as the Minnesota Swarm again have four picks in round one. Below are the # 1 overall picks since 1988. Just looking at some of the names, these # 1 overall picks for the most part have improved their game each year, What will 2013 hold for last years #1 Mark Matthews.
In recent years the 2nd, 3rd etc., picks in first round could of easily been #1, but here are some names and when they were drafted that may have you shaking your head. If we knew then what we know now…
2007 Philadelphia Wings draft Merrick Thomson #2 (retired-concussion) Calgary Drafts Dane Dobbie 4th
2005 Philadelphia Wings draft Sean Greenhalgh (3rd) Luke Wiles (4th), Chad Thompson (9th) Greenhalgh played 2 yrs in Philadelphia, and Wiles and Thompson where traded after 8 games for Mike Regan, other players drafted Matt Vinc 6th and Jeff Shattler 10th
2003 Vancouver Ravens selected Mark Miyashita #1 others drafted after, Ryan Ward 3rd, Scott Evans 5th, Scott Ranger 7th
This is funny now, in 2002 Billy Dee Smith drafted #3 overall by Buffalo, and Mark Steenhuis #7 by Columbus Landsharks
1992 Tom “Hollywood” Marachek was drafted #6 overall
1990 Paul Gait drafted #6 overall.
The last few seasons the draft has been rich in talent. This year is no different.
Logan Schuss and Jason Noble will go 1-2 to Minnesota, Robert Church possibly at 3 to Colorado and Edmonton getting Tor Reinholdt at 4. The surprise for me is Dillon Ward dropping to #8 and the Stealth selecting him. Dillon drops only because Minnesota has 2 young goaltenders.
Something else to think about, a few big names that weren’t drafted in round 1.
Dallas Eliuk, Pat O’Toole, John Tavares, Bob Watson
So will the possible drafting of Ward spell the end to Roik, or will they carry him for a season and get him some seasoning. We shall find out Monday September 16 at 7pm