NLL Training Camp Preview: Colorado Mammoth

The Colorado Mammoth dominated the regular season behind their MVP John Grant Jr, but the rest of the league has only improved this off season. Can the Mammoth be the best in the west again?


John Grant Jr dominates all as the best player in pro lacrosse today. His left handed unit also has Adam Jones, the 2012 rookie of the year, and veterans Jamie Shewchuck and Joel Dalgarno, along with second year player Jamie Lincoln.

The right handed side is led by Gavin Prout and joined by Sean Pollock, who recently signed a one year deal to stay in Denver. Third year player Derek Hopcroft broke out in 2012 and should stay with the unit, along with young shooter Mat McLeod and Jordan McBride. Rookies Colton Clark and Alex Demopolous are also trying to make the squad.


Ian Hawksbee is one of the most solid defenders in the NLL, but he was recently placed on the hold out list. However, Rory Smith heads that unit along with Jon Sullivan as one of the best in the league.

Mac Allen, Creighton Reid and Dan Coates also man the unit along with John Gallant and free agent walk on Ian Poole. Ken Clausen is also fighting his way back from the Injured Reserve.


This off season they signed Richard Morgan out of Minnesota but even without him, their transition would look pretty good. Ilija Gajic, Cam Holding and Scott Stewart are all solid players, and Jovan Miller is looking to make the team with all of his skill and athleticism.

Chet Koneczy, Joey Cupido and rookie Jaeden Gastaldo could also see the roster.


Chris Levis has been the guy in Colorado, but it looks like he will be more challenged this camp. Tye Belanger is on the PUP, but they brought in veteran Matt Roik and Dan Lewis. Roik started the season as the Toronto goalie last year before being cut, and Lewis has plenty of WLA experience to make it a good competiton.

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