If you’re a small but talented lefty forward, you couldn’t pick a much more appropriate player to model your game after than Josh Sanderson. The all-time great currently playing with the Toronto Rock is the man Zach Palmer lists for that role in his profile form, showing that he has a pretty good sense of how he can impact a game. When Palmer has been at his best, he’s played a similar style of game to Shooter. It’s based on knowing when and where to be on the floor to be available for passes or to shoot, and what to do in situations that arise. All in the interests of letting making the most of your abilities for yourself and your teammates. Palmer’s only full Junior A season was a dandy with the Whitby Warriors. He scored 27 goals and 57 assists for 84 points to lead a Warriors club that was just emerging into the elite squad that would win the 2011 Minto Cup. He was tied for fourth in the league in assists, showing that he has a knack for getting the ball to his teammates at the right time.
The next summer, Mark Matthews was back in the fold and Curtis Knight developed into the Minto Cup MVP. Palmer, who was only available for 4 regular season games, slipped into a supporting role to help the Warriors win the national championship.
He was a clear leader at Johns Hopkins, where he blazed a trail for Canadians with the perennial title contenders and became the first player since Paul Rabil to score at least 25 goals and 25 assists in one season.
Because of his limited Junior A play and the fact that he didn’t play senior this summer (because of work and a trip to Europe), Palmer will likely slip further in the draft than his talent alone would dictate. Some team, though, will wind up with a potential gem when they do call his name.
From: Oshawa, Ontario
Junior A: Whitby Warriors
What do you feel your greatest asset is that would allow you to translate your game to the NLL? I feel my greatest asset would be my lacrosse IQ and being able to understand and keep up with each situation as it happens on the floor, putting myself in the right place at the right time.
One word to describe your game? Versatile
What role/position do you see yourself playing in the NLL? Forward
What current or former NLLer would you most closely compare or model your game after? Josh Sanderson
Your greatest accomplishment during your lacrosse career? Winning the Minto Cup with the Whitby Warriors in 2011Stamp 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 email@example.com.
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