There was lots of news coming out of the Major Series Lacrosse draft yesterday, including some big trades and announcements about realignment and the first All-Star Game in league history. The Peterborough Lakers traded goalie Tye Belanger, whom they had protected as one of the two graduating juniors they could exempt from the draft, along with first-round picks in 2012 and 2014 to the Ajax Rock for transition player Andrew Suitor. Brooklin sent defender Glen Bryan to Kitchener-Waterloo for a pair of draft picks. After the jump, see more about the coming season plus the full draft results. MSL will be split into two divisions for 2012. Peterborough, Brooklin and Ajax will comprise the easterm division while the western will include Brampton, Six Nations and Kitchener-Waterloo. Teams will play four time against each team in their division and twice against teams from the other division, creating a 14-game regular-season schedule.
The league also announced it will hold an All-Star Game for the first time. A date was not released but it will be played in Peterborough’s Memorial Centre, which was a natural choice since the Lakers draw more fans than the rest of the league combined.
Lakers GM/Head Coach Jamie Batley said that the trade made sense for his club because he feels like Suitor will be able to help them while Belanger would have had a hard time earning a spot on the roster with Mike Thompson, Angus Goodleaf and Kevin Croswell already there. He also pointed out that, given the depth of the Lakers lineup, it is unlikely that any players they could select in the draft would be able to make the roster.
Because of the Suitor trade and previous ones, Peterborough didn’t have a selecti0n until the fourth round. They created some waves with their pick at that point, tabbing Coquitlam Adanacs grad and NLL first-round pick Travis Cornwall. Batley didn’t know if Cornwall would be able to or interested in coming to Peterborough to play, but he said if the big, talented transition player does make his way to the Boro at some point, the minor gamble would pay off in a big way. Cornwall told IL Indoor that he definitely won’t be coming east this summer because he’ll be taking courses to continue progress towards completing his university degree.
Brampton also went the west coast route with one of their picks tabbing New Westminster Salmonbellies’ Travis Irving in the fifth round. Three players who made National Lacrosse League rosters this year were taken in the draft. KW grabbed transition player Greg Harnett (Calgary) and forward Brett Hickey (Washington) while Brooklin took goalie Steve Fryer (Philadelphia)
The complete draft results follow, with the team selecting followed by the player they took and his junior program.
Ajax Shayne Jackson (Whitby)
Brooklin (from KW) Nick Diachenko (Whitby)
Ajax Craig England (Orangeville)
Brooklin Adrian Sorichetti (Whitby)
Brooklin Zack Higgins (Whitby)
Ajax (from Ptbo) Kyle Davis (Brampton)
Brooklin (from St. Regis) Josh Ruys (Burlington)
Ajax Tyler Tanguay (St. Catharines)
Kitchener-Waterloo Greg Harnett (Orangeville)
Kitchener-Waterloo Brandon Ivey (Orangeville)
Brooklin Steve Fryer (Brampton)
Brampton Kyle Andrews (Brampton)
Kitchener-Waterloo Joseph Laforet (Brampton)
Ajax Tyler Walsh (St. Catharines)
Ajax Martin Whittaker (Mississauga)
Ajax Connor Daly (Burlington)
KW (from Brampton) Brett Hickey (Windsor)
Brooklin Ryan Haynes (Brampton)
Ajax Cade Zulak (Markham)
Ajax Brendan Muise (Clarington)
Six Nations (from Ajax) Adam McGourty (Brampton)
Kitchener-Waterloo Joey Cupido (Six Nations)
KW (from Brampton) Shayne Kator (Six Nations)
Brooklin Miles Thompson (Akwesasne)
Peterborough Travis Cornwall (Coquitlam)
Ajax Cameron Watts (St. Catharines)
Kitchener-Waterloo Matt Hummell (Brampton)
Kitchener-Waterloo Justin Leigh (Barrie)
KW (from Brampton) Richard McGarr (Elora)
Brampton (from Brooklin) Travis Irving (New Westminster)
Peterborough Eric Bissel (Peterborough)
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