After the jump check out live results from this year’s National Lacrosse League entry draft, held at Toronto’s Westin Harbour Castle, Insider also providing on the fly comments and analysis on this year’s picks and expected trades. Also, check out this link to watch the draft live on the NLL Network, hosted in part by Insider regular Jeff Dowling.
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1. Rochester – Cody Jamieson
No surprise here with Jamieson going first overall to the Hawks, worst kept secret for the past two years, but for good reason.
2. Boston – Kyle Rubisch
Again, not a real big surprise. Best lockdown D guy in the draft and very pro ready. Expect him to start upwards of 16 games in 2011 for the B’s.
3. Calgary – Curtis Dickson
Could easily have gone second today based on his past year with Delaware and first year with the Burrards. Was probably 50/50 between Dickson and Rubisch depending on who was drafting.
4. Minnesota – Andrew Suitor
They mighta grabbed Rory Smith during the off-season, sure him and Suitor both fight, but both play different games, and both are way more than just fighters.
5. Rochester – Jarrett Davis
Bit of a surprise with Davis being a BC guy, but on talent alone, Davis is one of the more pro ready O guys in the draft, has punished WLA charts and should be an NLL regular for years to come. Hawks picked up Ilija Gajic last year and later traded him to Colorado in the West. Obviously good enough to play for the Hawks, but is there a trade in the works involving Davis out West?
6. Calgary – Dan MacRae
Stock really went up in recent weeks with his play for Brampton in the MSL playoffs, a regular down the stretch against the Lakers. Lots of teams talking about MacRae over the past week or so, way more than earlier this summer, although already a highly regarded defender in the draft this year for the past several months.
7. Boston – David Brock
Big time scorer in his last year for Albany, will play a two-way role in the NLL though. Great quality player and person that should fit in well with the B’s. Talked to Boston staff today and they were really high on Brock, was definitely a guy they had high on their wish list.
8. Calgary – Brandon Ivey
First kinda off the boards pick, Ivey was ranked 34th in Insider’s Hot 50. Versatile forward with the Northmen, solid lefty O guy. Likely impressed the Necks staff at this year’s Minto, assistant coach Curt Malawsky, player Bruce Codd and head coach Dave Pym coaching against him this year (and in year’s past) at the Minto.
9. Buffalo – Travis Irving
Big, athletic, physical (as hell) pure defender that looked awesome at the Minto this year. Definitley a Darris Kilgour type player.
10. Rochester – Ryan McClelland
Good, versatile O-first two-way guy with tons of experience at almost every level outside of the NLL. Interesting to see how he’ll fit into the Hawks’ lineup, or even what role he’ll play there.
11. Colorado – Ned Crotty
First American taken, higher than most thought he’d go. Hard to tell how he’ll translate to the NLL.
12. Rochester – Josh Ruys
One of several Oakville boys that will be taken this year. Big, strong, physical, in your face defender and spilling over in raw talent. Did we mention he was big? Kid is a beast that never hides from the rough stuff.
13. Buffalo (from Minnesota*) – Ben McCullough
Pain in your ass defender that has excelled playing in high prssure D systems like Buffalo runs. One of this year’s best pure D guys for sure. Between him and Irving, Buffalo gets two Bandits type defenders.
14. Toronto – Glen Bryan
Big time leader that has had the C on his sweater the last three years with the Northmen. Knows Toronto’s system having played it for Matt Sawyer in Orangeville his entire Junior career. Quality kid that plays with all heart. Born winner. Joins another recent Toronto Northmen pick, Damon Edwards (formerly of the Beaches), who’ll be at the Rock camp this year after being on the shelf for the past year with injury.
15. Minnestoa (from Buffalo*) – Scott Rodgers
Pretty high American goalie pick. Amazing year with both Notre Dame and then the Toronto Nationals in the MLL. Will be really interesting to see how he develops playing and likely learning from Marty O’Neill, who has taken an American tender before when he selected Bruce Bickford two years ago.
16. Toronto – Sean Robinson
Big plus with Robinson is that he’s shown he can hang playing O in the WLA, plus he’s a lefty. A likely longterm secondary O guy, making room up front.
17. Calgary – Derek Hopcroft
Crazy that Hopcroft has gone this low, not sure why his stock dropped off so much. A lot of people around the league had him Top 5. Can do a lot on O, special teams and stepped up huge with the Redmen after Shawn Williams was moved to the Excels last year. Huge score for the Necks with this pick.
18. Minnesota – Josh Gillam
Amazing lacrosse player. Top 5 on talent and skill alone, but his hocky career might come first, or at least that’s the thought from most on Gillam. If he plays in the NLL, 18th overall is a huge steal for a guy of his talents.
19. Philadelphia – Brodie MacDonald
Big, athletic, mobile keeper that should transition well to the NLL’s bigger nets. One of the best keepers in the BCJALL over the past two years. Minto Cup winner in 2010.
20. Philadelphia – Max Quinzani
21. Buffalo – Wayne VanEvery
Big high profile Junior B scorer with the Six Nations Rebels. Teams haven’t gone the B route much in recent years, but VanEvery definitely is a quality ball player from the OLA B scene. Good size, good hands, scored over 50 for the Rebels in 2010.
22. Colorado – Ken Clausen
Insider’s highest ranked American in our pre-draft rankings. If he sticks with indoor ball, Clausen has the tools to be a decent NLL regular.
23. Philadelphia – Christian Scuderi
Big defender from Hofstra. Likely fits the Wings model for what they are looking for going into 2011.
24. Rochester – Scott Johnston
Insider felt he was one of the top Junior aged two-way defenders available this year. Steve Toll like player. Lots of energy, gas tank and wheels. Good LB guy.
25. Philadelphia – Justin Pennington
High scoring middie from Rutgers, brings tons of speed and a physical game.
26. Boston – Matt Quinton
K-W Brave (and Elora Mohawk) and Kodiak that probably shoulda landed a spot on our Top 50. Good overall ball player with a solid work ethic.
27. Minnesota (from Buffalo*) – Ryan Hurley
Local guy that has some serious interest in the NLL. One of Insider’s highest ranked Americans. Really looking forward to see how he develops.
28. Edmonton – John Lafontaine
Derek Keenan has gotta be pretty happy his captain with the Warriors was still on the boards. Great leader, awesome athlete and a really good defender, one of this year’s best in Junior A ball.
29. Edmonton – Alex Kedoh Hill
Up for Insider’s JOTY this year. Not sure everyone knew he was draft eligible (we weren’t).
30. Toronto – Rob Hellyer
Only 18 but a great young prospect who excelled with the Northmen this year. If he can stay in the Rock system, big pick for years to come.
31. Washington – David Joyce
Tall, lanky, shutdown defender that had a good Minto with the Adanacs.
32. Calgary – Jordan Sealock
Alberta bred with NCAA experience.
33. Philadelphia – Ryan Nizolek
In staying with their American heavy theme, Philly takes another US field guy, this time a defender from Virginia.
34. Toronto (from Minnestoa**) – Kyle O’Brien
Surprised to see O’Brien on the board still. Probably a glue-type O guy in the NLL that’s been a regular with the young Redmen
35. Boston – Martin Cahill
Local kid, likely D-first two-way guy in the NLL.
36. Boston – Brock Armour
Good Canadian face-off guy that can play a two-way role too. Had a decent year with the Shamrocks in the WLA this past year.
37. Buffalo – Holdon Vyse
Crazy Vyse went this low considering the tools he brings. Smart, old school defender that went way higher last year with that voided pick, is even better now then he was in 2009.
38. Edmonton – Cameron Holding
Another Whitby guy Keenan probably knows really well. Awesome outside shot.
39. Calgary – Nick Bilic
Coached by Malawsky for a bit this year in the BCJALL regular season and then in the playoffs and Minto too. Scrappy, athletic, physical defender that knows the Necks defensive system.
40. Toronto – Mike MacNamara
An Insider finalist for Defender of the Year. Steady, tough, defensive leader that always gives a solid effort.
41. Washington – Brian Carroll
42. Colorado – John Rae
Tough as nail defender, tons of raw talent and one of the best fighters coming out of Junior lacrosse.
43. Philadelphia – Parker McKee
44. Rochester – - Marty Hill
45. Minnesota – John McClure
Another guy who’s already made the jump to Senior ball that oddly fell way down the charts today. Great two-way guy that can take draws and has some serious O pop in the right role. How the hell has Chase Williams not been taken yet!!
46. Boston – Tyler Collins
Guy that always seems to be slightly undervalued, but a quality defender, plays his role really well. Nothing flashy but a meat and potatoss type D guy that is a steal at 46.
47. Buffalo – Jimmy Purves
One of our wild card picks in the Top 50, Purves came on late with the Arrows after finishing up with Sarnia, but is super skilled and isn’t shy fighting for those loosies against the boards. Like Hellyer, in a couple years, this pick could pay off nicely.
48. Edmonton – Jarrett Toll
Like Gillam, Toll has a good hockey career going, played with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans last year, but if he ever opts for pro lax, this could be a huge pickup. Great defensive leader with the Junior Bellies that plays really solid shutdown D.
49. Calgary – Greg Hallett
Local Alberta goalie, but more than just that typical local pick. Had a great year with the Raiders during the regular season, but turned a ton of heads with his play at the Minto, landing a spot on Insider’s All-Minto Team too.
50. Toronto – Ryan Dilks
Another versatile Arrow available this year, former big point getter with Hamilton, solid two-way type guy with Six Nations.
51. Washington – Chris Seidal
Adanacs goalie that played behind Minto hero Dan Lewis (who is still somehow on the boards) and Brodie MacDonald, but like we said in the Top 50, quality keeper that should go today.
52. Colorado – Mark Farthing
Good sized, physcial D guy from Peterborough that can work the ball up the floor.
53. Philadelphia – Max Pomper
54. Boston (from Minnesota***) – Chase Williams
Not sure if Williams slept with some GM’s wife, but crazy that he has dropped this far down the list. Really good O-first two-way player that has already put in a ton of minutes in the WLA, a former Minto winner too.
55. Minnesota – Steve Waldeck
One of the higher ranked Americans by Insider, some scouts told Insider Waldeck’s game and work ethic were custom made for indoor ball.
56. Toronto – Sean Gillies
Pretty surprising to see a former Minto winner, current MSL full-timer, with NCAA ball under his belt fall this low. Steal.
57. Buffalo – Elijah Printup
58. Edmonton – Eric Lewthwaite
59. Toronto – Zac Boychuk
The voted on best tender in the BCJALL this year and a finlist for Insider’s top keeper nod, had an outstanding year with Nanaimo and then Delta. Super clutch keeper, a skill you can’t just teach.
60. Buffalo (from Toronto****) – Jordan Costa
61. Washington – Dan Lewis
Insider’s Minto Cup MVP, Lewis showed that not only can he battle back into the team’s starting spot but also produce at the highest level, arguably the biggest impact player at this year’s Minto.
*The Minnesota Swarm traded the 13th overall selection and their third round pick in 2011 to the Buffalo Bandits for the 15th and 27th overall selections.
**The Minnesota Swarm traded the 34th overall selection to the Toronto Rock for their third round pick in 2011.
***The Minnesota Swarm traded the 54th overall selection to the Boston Blazers for Matt Lyons.
****The Toronto Rock traded the 60th overall selection to the Buffalo Bandits for their sixth round pick in 2011.The foremost boxla writer, Tutka is a former NLL scout and a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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