In 2011, the Minnesota Swarm had two first round draft picks and used those picks to select Jordan MacIntosh and Evan Kirk, two rookies who had immediate impact in the National Lacrosse League. They were joined by a handful of other rookies, creating one of the best young cores in the league. Many questioned if all that youth was too much and wondered how competitive the Swarm would be. They were proven wrong as the Swarm hosted the West final and on some nights dressed 7 to 8 rookies. In 2012, the Swarm’s youth movement will have a year of experience under its belt but now, it will also have even more rookies. After deals with Edmonton and Buffalo, the Swarm are the holders of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th overall picks in this year’s entry draft.
With the consensus knowing that the Rush will select Mark Matthews first overall, the Swarm are in an enviable position with the ability to draft three players in row making sure they can fill all their holes.
Expect them to take Brock Sorenson with one of those picks, Shayne Jackson with another but that third straight pick could be a tossup based on what the Swarm feel they need most to help them get beyond that West final game. One thing’s for sure, Neverland will have to expand its walls ’cause there’s a few more new faces about to join the ranks and that makes the Swarm even scarier than last year.
Check out the official press release from the Swarm and then hit the boards to let us know your thoughts.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The National Lacrosse League’s (NLL) Minnesota Swarm today announced that the team has acquired the #3 overall pick in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft in exchange for the #5, #14, #18 picks in the 2012 NLL Entry Draft, DBrendon Doran and F Shawn Williams, pending league approval.
Fresh off a trip to the Western Division Finals, the Swarm now hold three consecutive first-round selections with picks #2, #3, and #4 in this year’s upcoming draft in September. Minnesota also holds the final selection in the first-round with the #10 pick, giving the team a league-high four first-round selections.
“We obviously gave up a lot, but we had a lot of resources in this year’s draft,” Owner & President John Arlotta said. “We’re very excited to be able to make three straight picks at #2, #3, and #4. It will be a very exciting time for Swarm Lacrosse.”
Minnesota acquired Williams in another trade the team made on Friday with the Edmonton Rush in exchange for two 2nd-round draft picks in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft. Doran, 26, recorded three points (2g, 1a), 19 loose balls, and five forced turnovers in nine games for Minnesota in his first season with the club in 2012.Teddy Jenner is one the leading sources for lacrosse information. He comes by his love of lax honestly with a lifetime of experience, two Mann Cup championships and six years of play in the NLL. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter @OffTheCrosseBar or catch him on Team 1410 radio in Vancouver, B.C., as the host and producer of the Off the Crosse-Bar Radio Show In 2012, he was awarded the BCLA's Norm Wright Merit Award- handed out to a member of the media deemed to have have contributed to the promotion of lacrosse.
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