Ranking the NLL’s first-round draft classes: Class of 2010, at No. 14, has star power

Cody Jamieson, right, and Jarrett Davis, left, were Rochester teammates for 2 NLL seasons. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Cody Jamieson, right, and Jarrett Davis, left, were Rochester teammates for 2 NLL seasons. (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

There’s some real nice balance in this Class of 2010 with some legit offensive snipers in Cody Jamieson and Curtis Dickson, and a stud D-man in Kyle Rubisch. And then there’s Andrew Suitor, who can do a bit of both. That’s 4 players any GM would love to have on his team and after that trio, there are some “leftovers” that would be a prime cut on a lot of other dinner plates. That’s not to say there’s a void of talent; Jarrett Davis, Dan MacRae, David Brock and Travis Irving provide valuable depth and have been in and out of NLL lineups. But when you’re running in shadows of guy slike Jammer, Superman, Rubisch and Suits, it’s pretty tough to outshine ‘em. Let’s take a closer look at the Class of 2010, which comes in at No. 14 in our ranking of National Lacrosse League first-round draft classes.

2010 first-round draft picks

1. Cody Jamieson (Knighthawks)
2. Kyle Rubisch (Blazers)
3. Curtis Dickson (Roughnecks)
4. Andrew Suitor (Swarm)
5. Jarrett Davis (Knighthawks)
6. Dan MacRae (Roughnecks)
7. David Brock (Blazers)
8. Brandon Ivey (Roughnecks)
9. Travis Irving (Bandits)
10. Ryan McClelland (Knighthawks)

Regular-season statistics

Games: 239
Goals: 184 (18.4 average per player)
Assists: 206 (20.6)
Points: 390 (39.0) (ranks No. 19 and No. 23 out of 24 classes)

Playoffs

Games: 23
Goals: 14 (1.4)
Assists: 24 (2.4)
Points: 38 (3.8) (ranks No. 19 and No. 21)

Overall ranking: 14

Some very obvious talent made its way into the Class of 2010 and no less than 4 of them are starters with their current NLL team. Cody Jamieson and Curtis Dickson are 2 of the more exciting and productive offensive talents in the game, and Kyle Rubisch is making a name for himself as one of the game’s best pure defenders.

Andrew Suitor has emerged as one of the game’s toughest transition men who can score goals, win faceoffs and drop the gloves all at the same level of comfort. After Jarrett Davis as the No. 5 overall pick and Dan MacRae at No. 6, who has been a steady regular in the back end for Calgary, the ability takes a bit of a dive as Brandon Ivey and Travis Irving have been in and out of lineups as healthy scratches. Davis saw sporadic playing time in Rochester and was great in the community but he was traded to Edmonton, where he’ll be closer to home in B.C. And Brock saw more playing time in Philadelphia this past season, bringing some spark and speed to the transition game.

The offensive numbers aren’t bad considering the players have just 2 seasons under their belt, and most of the numbers are coming from 3, maybe 4 players. There are bonus points for having some very solid defenders, but this class will need more time to prove its consistency to be ranked any higher than No. 14.

Previous classes

No. 24: Class of 1988
No. 23: Class of 1989
No. 22: Class of 1993
No. 21: Class of 1994
No. 20: Class of 1995
No. 19: Class of 1997
No. 18: Class of 1992
No. 17: Class of 1996
No. 16: Class of 1991
No. 15: Class of 2011

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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