NLL Entry Draft: Hello, My Name Is … Michael Teeter

Michael Teeter's speed can help an NLL team with its transition game. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)
Michael Teeter's speed can help an NLL team with its transition game. (Photo: Victoria Shamrocks)

Got the need for some speed? On the left side? Michael Teeter just may be your man. The left-hander out of Orangeville, Ontario, cut his teeth with the best of them in Junior A lacrosse. Winning Minto Cups in 2008 and 2009, his work often was lost in the glare created by teammates Adam Jones, Andrew Suitor and Nick Rose. He took his game West this summer to suit up for the Victoria Shamrocks of the Western Lacrosse Association, where he played 8 games and provided valuable depth for the team that finished 11-7 for second place in the league table. Teeter may not set team records in scoring, but he brings an element that’s nearly as important in clearing space and getting the ball to teammates who do the finishing. It’s the type of stuff that does not appear on the proverbial scoresheet, but it’s the type of stuff that could get your name called by an NLL team at the Oct. 1 draft in Toronto.

Teeter’s got speed, and plenty of it. It’s a point of pride for him, along with his work rate without the ball. Playing on teams loaded with snipers over the years can condition a role player like Teeter to not be awed by the magic scorers often work when they have the ball. And that’s an underrated asset because no matter what a shooter does with the ball in his stick, if he doesn’t have room and space to operate, he’s not going far.

And that’s where Teeter comes in. He makes his cuts with authority and he can scoot through the traffic with quickness. And if the space is already there — as in transition — he can get there even faster to create the odd-man rush and ratchet up the intensity on a defense. Do that enough times in a game and you’ll wear down even the best of defenders and open even more opportunities for your teammates.

He’s down with the fundamentals, like the 2-man game, the chippy attitude and the never-say-die approach. But he doesn’t just bring that approach for every game. He brings it for every shift and reminds many of the recently-retired Bruce Codd.

Yes, teams need shooters who can finish. And Teeter can do that (he had 11 points, 5 goals and 6 assists in 8 games). But that’s just part of the package. Because when you have a fella like Teeter who can either finish on his own, or recognize that it’s better for him to create for teammates, that’s the recipe that makes for a successful team.

Michael Teeter

Height: 5′10.
Weight: 160.
Position: Offense.
Shoots: Left.
From: Orangeville, Ontario.
Junior A: Orangeville Northmen.

What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? I feel that my greatest asset to bring to the NLL is my ability to play with or without the ball and my speed.

One word to describe your game? Fast.

What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? The role I see myself playing in the NLL would be being able to use my speed to create offense and space for my teammates and myself.

What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? I model my game after the guys I grew up watching in Orangeville. Guys like Josh Sanderson, Rusty Kruger, and Ryan Sanderson who perfected the 2-man offensive game with the ball, the do-whatever-it-takes-to-win attitude, to battle your hardest each and every single shift of every game, and to be five strong on the floor at all times.

Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? Winning the Minto cup in 2008 and 2009 , Jr. A Ontario champions 2008, 2009 and 2010. Playing for the Sr. A Victoria Shamrocks this season. High school All-American 2007, 2008, team captain, leading my team to a Western England class A championship and leading the league in goals and assists, having the most goals and assists in schools history.

Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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