Powless has officially entered the draft after changing his mind about going to college in the United States on scholarship and relinquishing his eligibility.
Powless led the Ontario Junior A league with 65 goals in 22 games this summer and was fourth in points with 102. He was the league’s rookie of the year in 2010 after putting up 46-32-78 totals as a 17-year-old.
Powless combines speed and elusiveness with ethereal offensive skills and a high lacrosse IQ. What’s more, as a left-hand shot he’s unusual in a draft that is deep but is dominated by talented right-handers such as Kevin Crowley, Stephen Keogh, Jordan MacIntosh, Jordan McBride, Jeremy Thompson and Jay Card.
On the left side the only real first-round candidates are the sublimely talented Adam Jones, who is confident he’ll return from a major knee injury soon, and Jamie Lincoln. Where Powless will fall in the draft is a difficult question to answer. In a normal year he’s a clear first rounder. On talent, he’d have a good chance to go in the first round this year anyway. As one NLL executive said, “You only have to watch him once to know he’s a special player.”
The reason he may slide farther is that it’s tough to make it in the pros at the age of 18. Powless says he’s dreamed of playing in the NLL since he was a little boy and he believes he’s ready to do it now. How high he’s drafted will depend on whether there’s a team that agrees, because as the same GM added, “This isn’t a developmental league. You can lose a lot of games while you’re waiting for someone to develop.”
Wherever he goes, if you get a chance to see this young man play, take advantage of it. He’s worth watching.
From: Six Nations
Junior A: Six Nations Arrows
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL?
I feel the greatest asset that would translate my game to the NLL would be playing as a team.
One word to describe your game?
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL?
I see myself as an offensive player but I also like the transition game.
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after?
I really enjoy watching Colin Doyle and John Grant Jr. play, so I’d have to say them.
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career?
Winning the Midget Canadian Nationals in 2009
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