Year 2 is nearing for the Canadian Lacrosse League. With games starting in two months, CLax will hold its second annual entry draft tonight in Scarborough. The draft will blogged live starting at 5:15 pm on the league’s web site. One of the most interesting players available is Andrew Potter. The talented lefty forward led the OLA Junior A league in scoring with 125 points, split between his hometown St. Catharines Athletics and the Brampton Excelsiors. Potter scored 50 points for Langley in the WLA in 2011 and this past summer was a first-team all-star for the Senior B St. Catharines Saints at the Presidents Cup. He also looked very much at home when he was called up for a few games with MSL’s Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks.
National Lacrosse League combine standout Mitch Barnard is also in the mix, although he hopes invitations to free agent camps with Buffalo and Washington will lead to a National Lacrosse League gig instead. Barnard was the top-ranked player in the NLL combine’s fitness and agility testing then proceeded to bury five goals in the scrimmage. His coach at Adrian College, Donald LaSala, says “you’ll never question his work ethic. He’s as hard-working a kid as you could hope for.”
CLax teams will have a few options if they’re hoping to shore up their goaltending. Canadian national field team goalie and member of the Sr B Norwood James Gang Angus Dineley is available, as are Jr A grads Craig Wende and Connor Danko. There’s scoring punch coming from the Jr A grad ranks in the likes of Jordan Robertson and Jordie Daradick, as well as leadership in Peterborough Lakers captain Brad Baker.
Brandon Niesink made a bit of a name for himself when he had a spirited tilt with Andrew Suitor in the MSL season and will hope he showed enough in his summer gig with the Ajax Rock to pique the interest of a CLax club. Martin Whittaker and Bryan Neufeld are also young players who played some MSL during the summer and are looking to join a CLax franchise tonight.Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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