With the NLL draft just a couple weeks away, the Calgary Roughnecks’ head office needs to narrow down their list of prospects, figure out what they most need, who has the most talent, and who has the best chance of improving their club.
Calgary has been at or near the very top of league scoring for a couple years now, so offensive help is likely a fairly low priority. However, in 2013 the team was also among the worst in goals against, so beefing up the defensive corps or grabbing another goaltender could become priorities.
ILIndoor recently published a Mock Draft, in which they predicted that the Roughnecks would take transition Tor Reinholdt with the sixth pick overall. Reinholdt would fit the bill nicely, as In Lacrosse We Trust has him listed as their No. 4 prospect. with defensive skill and the ability to push the ball up the floor, but there’s also the possibility that he might go higher.
If that’s the case, the Roughnecks might look to one of the other available transition or defensive prospects, such as Cameron Flint from the Brampton Excelsiors, Adrian Sorichetti of the Brooklin Redmen or possibly Reid Acton of the Six Nations Chiefs.
If the team wants to challenge goaltenders Mike Poulin and Frankie Scigliano, they might take a shot at highly touted prospect Dillon Ward, who has been Poulin’s backup for the KW Kodiaks of the MSL this past season. By all accounts, Ward is the real deal and will have an impact wherever he ends up in the draft.
We’ll find out what General Manager Mike Board has in mind when the draft gets underway on Monday, Sept. 16.