The National Lacrosse League draft at HSBC Arena in Buffalo on Wednesday night didn’t reveal too many surprises, including the name of the No. 1 overall draft pick. That honor went to Sid Smith, picked by the Rochester Knighthawks just moments after the start of the draft was announced. And even the guessing as to what Rochester might do with the No. 2 overall pick didn’t last long as the Knighthawks went with New Westminster star Ilija Gajic. So maybe seeing Zack Greer drop to the No. 3 overall pick, by the Minnesota Swarm, can be labled a surprise. But all in all, it was a pretty straightforward draft with just six players being traded to new teams by the time the six rounds and 62 total picks were complete. So who else went where and who did your team get? Turn the page to find out.
(To get a quick refresher on many of these picks, check out Paul Tutka’s Hot 50 breakdown.)
No. 3 overall: Minnesota Swarm select Zack Greer, an offensive force who started at Duke University and finished at Bryant. The Whitby, Ontario, native says he hasn’t played indoor in a while but he’s still no stranger to the game and his return to the box shouldn’t be too difficult.
No. 4 overall: Colorado Mammoth select Cliff Smith. Currently trying to help New Westminster win a Mann Cup, Smith is an offensive talent whose game is ready for the NLL. Should step right in and contribute immediately.
No. 5 overall: Colorado Mammoth select Alex Gajic. He’s the brother of Ilija and has some serious offensive skill. At 6-4, he’s a big fella too and with Smith should form a solid rookie duo to help fill a Colorado offense that last year lacked finishers.
No. 6 overall: Toronto Rock select Garrett Billings. Out of the University of Virginia, he might be a new name to East Coast fans but those out West know him well after what he did this past summer with the Langley Thunder. Some say his offensive skills make him an early frontrunner for Rookie of the Year honors.
No. 7 overall: Toronto Rock select Joel Delgarno. Yeah, he played at THE Ohio State University, but his offensive numbers with Maple Ridge in two abbreviated seasons has the Rock salivating over the potential here.
No. 8 overall: Boston Blazers select Max Siebald. Blazers coach Tom Ryan loves the way this kid plays, kinda like an old-school middie that plays both ends of the floor. He’s made no secret of his desire to learn the indoor game, and another reason the Blazers like him? They know the Cornell middie already looks good in red.
No. 9 overall: Minnesota Swarm trade the pick to Edmonton Rush for Richard Morgan. The Rush use the No. 9 slot to select Corey Small out of the University of Albany. The Swarm get bigger on defense with the 6-8, 260-pound Morgan, and the Rush get Corey Small-er, but in a good way with a baller who plays with a ton of heart coming out of the University at Albany.
No. 10 overall: Orlando Titans trade their 2009 second round pick (19th overall) and their 2011 first-round pick to the Buffalo Bandits. With the No. 10 overall pick, the Bandits select Kyle Clancy. The Bandits don’t expect Clancy to start right away, but he’s got the desire and hustle to be the best on the floor, an attitude that fits in perfectly with the philosophy of coach Darris Kilgour.
No. 11 overall: The Toronto Rock select Stephen Leblanc. Coming out of Queens University, he’s known for his feeding ability but can finish if the situation calls for it.
No. 12 overall: The Edmonton Rush select Scott Tinning. A bit of a surprise pick, the Rush get a solid offensive guy who led the Brampton Excelsiors (Jr. A) to the Minto Cup finals, where they lost to Orangeville.
End of the first round
No. 13 overall: Minnesota trades two draft picks to Washington Stealth for Alex Turner and Aaron Bold.
No. 14 overall: Edmonton Rush select Dane Stevens.
No. 15 overall: Buffalo Bandits select Chris Corbeil.
No. 16 overall: The Philadelphia Wings select Bobby Snider, the younger brother of current Wings faceoff monster Geoff Snider.
No. 17 overall: Colorado Mammoth select Brad Richardson.
No. 18 overall: Rochester Knighthawks select Holdon Vyse, brother of Buffalo’s Roger Vyse.
No. 19 overall: Orlando Titans select Dan Hardy out of Syracuse University.
No. 20 overall: Boston Blazers make a pro out of another SU guy, Matt Abbott.
No. 21 overall: Buffalo Bandits select Steve Priolo.
No. 22 overall: Orlando Titans select Michael Evans out of Johns Hopkins University.
No. 23 overall: Washington Stealth select Erik Sage.
End of second round
No. 24 overall: Buffalo Bandits trade the pick to the Washington Stealth for Frank Resetarits, bringing Frank back to his hometown. The Washington Stealth use the pick to select Ben Hunt out of North Carolina.
No. 25 overall: The Edmonton Rush select Brett Mydske.
No. 26 overall: The Philadelphia Wings select John Glynn, the super middie out of Cornell.
No. 27 overall: The Calgary Roughnecks select Carlton Schuss.
No. 28 overall: The Rochester Knighthawks select Brendan Doran.
No. 29 overall: The Washington Stealth select big-man defender Rhys Jones.
No. 30 overall: The Washington Stealth select goalie Ray Hodgkinson.
No. 31 overall: The Toronto Rock select Orangeville’s the speedy Damon Edwards, who just got done winning a Minto Cup.
No. 32 overall: The Colorado Mammoth select Shaun Dhaliwal out of Burnaby.
No. 33 overall: The Boston Blazers select Scott Kahoe out of Syracuse U.
No. 34 overall: The Rochester Knighthawks select Ryan Hoff out of Notre Dame.
End of third round.
No. 35 overall: The Colorado Mammoth select defenseman Ryan McFadden out of Duke University.
No. 36 overall: The Minnesota Swarm select Kevin Colleluori out of Colgate University.
No. 37 overall: The Philadelphia Wings select Peet Poillon out of UMBC.
No. 38 overall: The Boston Blazers select Matt Messina out of NYIT.
No. 39 overall: The Buffalo Bandits select Zac McIlmoyle out of Peterborough.
No. 40 overall: The Buffalo Bandits trade the pick to the Philadelphia Wings for Jon Harasym. The Philadelphia Wings use the pick to select Mike Timms out of the University of Virginia.
No. 41 overall: The Orlando Titans take another SU kid, selecting Kenny Nims.
End of fourth round
No. 42 overall: The Edmonton Rush select Geoff McNulty out St. Catharines.
No. 43 overall: The Toronto Rock select Anthony Lackey out of Orangeville.
No. 44 overall: The Minnesota Swarm select Cody Johnson out of Six Nations.
No. 45 overall: The Philadelphia Wings select PT Ricci out of Loyola.
No. 46 overall: The Colorado Mammoth select Ben Davies out of New Westminster.
No. 47 overall: The Rochester Knighthawks select Dan Groot out of the University of Maryland and a native of Canandaigua, NY, just south of Rochester.
No. 48 overall: The Edmonton Rush select Shane Lopatynski from the Edmonton Eclipse.
No. 49 overall: The Washington Stealth select Chris Taylor out of Georgetown.
No. 50 overall: The Orlando Titans select Ryan Learn out of Burlington.
No. 51 overall: The Calgary Roughnecks select Garrett Werschke of the Calgary Raiders.
End of fifth round
No. 52 overall: Edmonton selects Craig Zeeh out of Kitchener-Waterloo.
No. 53 overall: Toronto selects John Quarrie out of Orangeville.
No. 54 overall: Minnesota selects Matt Kelly out of Virginia.
No. 55 overall: Philly trades the pick to Colorado for Mike Ward, and Colorado selects Neil Tyacke out of New Westminster.
No. 56 overall: The Colorado Mammoth select Rocco Romero out of Cornell University.
No. 57 overall: The Rochester Knighthawks select Brandon Corp out of Colgate.
No. 58 overall: The Washington Stealth have selected Chris O’Dougherty out of Loyola.
No. 59 overall: The Boston Blazers select Mike Stone out of Middlebury College.
No. 60 overall: The Buffalo Bandits select Matt Freedman.
No. 61 overall: The Orlando Titans have selected Ryan McCafferty out of Elizabethtown.
No. 62 overall: The Calgary Roughnecks close out the draft with Casey MacIntyre from the Calgary Raiders.
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