Just moments ago, Boston made it official. Daryl Veltman (shoots left) goes number one. Stay here for more.
With the 2nd pick, San Jose takes Paul Rabil (righty) of John Hopkins.
So far no surprises. Third pick is Rhys Duch (righty), also to San Jose and then Edmonton took Jamie Flouris number 4.
First surprise. San Jose takes Kevin Huntley (lefty) from Hopkins 5th overall. I’m not surprised that he went that high but I’m wondering if a trade will be in the works to move him to Philly .
Calgary takes Curtis Manning 6th overall and obviously I was not the only one impressed by Matt Danowski (righty) because Colorado just took him 7th overall. Minnesota then flipped draft positions with Edmonton (10th to 8th) and also gave up Andrew Biers for the better position. You would have to assume that Minnesota feared that Philadelphia was about to steal their player with the 9th pick. From there Minnesota took Andrew Watt (lefty) 8th, Philly took Sean Thompson 9th and then Edmonton took Ryan Campbell (lefty) 10th. Ryan’s father Blair does a lot of colour commentary for the NLL and is actually helping with the NLL draft broadcast on the internet. Its obviously a proud moment for dad and for a rare moment Blair seems to be speechless.
Kevin Buchanon (lefty) of Ohio State goes 11th to Minnesota. He scored 2 goals last night and I actually thought he was a Canadian. He told me that he really learned the 2-man game playing with a Canadian teammate Joel Dalgarno (who will be drafted next year). He just has to get used to the small net. He also said that his Canadian teammate were extremely helpful yesterday.
Portland takes Tim Campeau 12th overall. Campeau lives (and works) on the West coast and is extremely happy to go to Portland. Although he didn’t score any goals in the combine game, he played a very unselfish game. Picked up some assists and was all over the loose balls.
6′3 220 Maryland defender Joe Cinowski went 13th overall to Minnesota. I mentionned in my earlier blog how he impressed me last night and many of the NLL types felt the same way. He probably did more to improve his stock last night than any player on the floor.
In the second round, lefty Nick Cotter wnet 14th to Boston. His play last night (4 goals) improved his value and I know of at least one coach with a late pick who was hoping he would fly under the radar. Cayle Ratcliff (lefty) went 15th to Calgary. I am surprised he lasted this long. He impressed me with his inside game yesterday. At 5-8 and 203 pounds he looked fearless cutting through the traffic.
Jamie Kirk (righty) will join his brother in Chicago as he was picked 16th overall and Toronto used their first pick to get lefty Mike Fleming, a Sarnia native who played college ball at Robert Morris where he scored 15 goals last year.
I would have to think that Rochester is getting a sure thing by picking Joel McCready (lefty) 18th overall. Chicago took Geoff Griffiths (lefty) , another Belarmine 19th overall. He scored 3 goals in the combine game. Calgary then took Joe Vetere, an original Calgarian who played for Burnaby 20th.
One of the steals of the first 2 rounds would have to be the 23rd pick. New York was able to get Steven Peyser (brother of Titan Greg Peyser). One NLL coach told me that he thought Peyser was one of the top 3 Americans in the draft.
I’ve got to fly (literally) so I’ll catch up with some more thoughts later.A longtime TV analyst for lacrosse, Shanny calls games for TSN. Shanny won five Mann Cups as a player and is the voice of boxla in Canada. Email him at email@example.com or follow him at @sbdshanny.
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