The Colorado Mammoth had five selections in the 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft, but only one in the first three rounds, so they needed to make the first one count. They did, though, get some good value with their later picks.
3 Dillon Ward
31 Cody McMahon
32 Cameron Mann
40 Dom Sebastiani
49 Jake Weidner
The Mammoth were clearly interested in talented forward Robert Church and multi-dimensional and highly athletic transition player Cameron Flint, a Denver University grad, as potential candidates for their first pick, third overall. But it’s not often that a goalie as good as Ward, and as ready to step into the NLL and play, comes around. In the end, as they said after selecting him, the Mammoth felt like Ward and incumbent Tye Belanger give them a solid pair of goalies they can ride for the next decade.
Ward was a good prospect coming out of Junior A, where he finished his career as the Minto Cup MVP in 2012 with the Orangeville Northmen. But he solidified his status as a pro-ready goalie with his performance for the Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks last summer, where in limited duty he put up numbers even better than those of starter Mike Poulin. He looked poised and professional in his starts.
Not picking again until the fourth round made it challenging for the Mammoth to find players who will be able to crack the roster and help improve the team, but they uncovered some who may just have a shot at doing so. With their next pick, Colorado went back to the Orangeville well, taking Ward’s teammate Cody McMahon. Like his father Bob (coach with Calgary) and brother Jamie, McMahon is a smaller player who makes up for his size with intelligence and grit.
The lefty can play transition or forward. He scored 202 points in 79 career Junior A games, including a summer spent with the Okotoks Raiders. McMahon won a pair of Minto Cups with the Northmen and was a quiet but consistent contributor to both championship teams. He’s the kind of player that will do whatever is asked of him to the best of his ability.
With the second of their back-to-back fourth rounders, Colorado grabbed a solid defender in Cameron Mann. The righty showed some offensive talent in Junior A with the Burlington Chiefs, but in the past few years with the Kodiaks has developed in the kind of defender you don’t notice much. He doesn’t do anything spectacular, but he plays his position well and is a sound team defensive player.
The Mammoth grabbed college and MLL middie Dom Sebastiani with their fourth pick. The righty Delaware grad was recently traded to the Denver Outlaws of the pro field league, so he has a chance to make a year-round home in the Mile High City if he can crack both rosters. Sebastiani is a 6′, 190-pounder with speed who will try to make the Mammoth as a transition player.
With their final selection, Colorado went for high-scoring junior grad Jake Weidner. He put up back-to-back seasons of 117 and 122 points (with 46 and 58 goals, respectively) in Junior B with the Elora Mohawks. In 2013, Weidner moved up to Junior A with the Brampton Excelsiors and kept putting the ball in the net. He scored 46 goals and added 38 assists for an 84-point total that was good for seventh in the league.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 email@example.com.
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