NLL Entry Draft 2017: The Full Mock

NLL Entry Draft 2017: The Full Mock

I'm writing most of this full mock draft Sunday night, the day before the draft, because I've been waiting for trades to substantially change the layout of the draft order but it just isn't happening. Yet. I fully expect to hear of several trades Monday. At this point I suspect it will happen after I post this draft, though. And you never know, maybe none of the trades happen (I doubt it, but it could happen) so I need to have a go at the draft order as it stands.

If you read my Top 50 Prospects posts, you know that I had five righty forwards in the top 10. (1-10; 11-20; 21-30; 31-40; 41-50) Perhaps this year more than ever there will be differences between my prospects list and my full mock draft. Teams simply don't need righty forwards as much as they need players at other positions. So there may be some picks that look like reaches and there may be some guys who fall surprisingly far. It should be an adventure (if you're wondering whether I'm talking about my mock draft or the real one Monday night, I'm not 100% sure).

Update: It's now high noon Monday and still no word on any trades. My guess is that the unpredictability of this draft means that teams are waiting to see who's selected with the top few picks before pulling the trigger on trades. So, onward and upward. Let's get the fun started.

First Round

1 Buffalo Bandits: Josh Byrne, LF, Burnaby Lakers and Hofstra
Buffalo needed a lefty forward before they traded Ryan Benesch to Colorado. Now they really need one. Even given that Mitch Jones, who just set the Mann Cup scoring record with 39 points, will likely move to forward next year, the Bandits will look to Byrne to bolster the left side of their offence. Byrne has been pegged as a potential top pick in this draft since his 56-goal, 112 point season in the BCJALL as a 19-year-old in 2013. Now he'll be the top pick.

2 Rochester Knighthawks: Zach Currier, LT, Peterborough Lakers and Princeton
As if he still needed one, the Mann Cup was a coming out party for Currier. The speedster was headed for stardom throughout junior lacrosse based on his blazing speed. He's worked on his defence the last two years in MSL and could now be a first-rounder even without his transition acumen. But transition is what will make him a staple of NLL Productions' highlight videos in the coming years and what really sets him apart from other defensive players in this draft.

3 Calgary Roughnecks: Jake Withers, RD/F, Peterborough Lakers and Ohio State
Similar to Currier, Withers had a special talent that was his calling card heading into senior. Rather than speed, though, it was Withers' mastery of the faceoff dot that drew the attention of scouts. And, again like Currier, attention to being a solid and reliable defender has really helped to elevate his draft stock.

4 Georgia Swarm (from New England Black Wolves): Colton Watkinson, LT, Brooklin Redmen and Limestone
The Swarm are looking to trade at least one, probably two and possibly all three of their first-round picks for first-rounders in future drafts. If they don't get a deal they like for this selection and Withers is gone, I look for them to go with Watkinson because I don't think any of the other D/tranny players are ready enough to play an impact role to spend the fourth overall pick on. Given the depth of talent they have up front, Georgia would have a difficult time fitting any forwards into their roster. Just think of the team that won the championship last season and remember that Jesse King missed the whole season with injury but is expected to be back on the left side at full health this year. The right side includes the Thompson brothers, Randy Staats and Kiel Matisz.

5 Rochester (from Colorado Mammoth): Austin Shanks, RF, Brooklin Redmen and Ohio State
Rochester scored 27 fewer goals than any other team in the NLL last year. They get Cody Jamieson back on the left side for 2017/18. Adding the best pure goal scorer in the draft should be a pretty easy decision. Zed Williams is a dark horse for this pick as well; he's another talented righty forward and he was fifth in scoring at the Presidents Cup with 44 points, just three fewer than Lyle Thompson had at the tournament. Williams, however, hasn't played Sr A so it's a real projection exactly how he would do at the pro level. Then again, Thompson was a Sr B player before being drafted, as well.

6 Rochester (from Vancouver Stealth): Anthony Joaquim, LT, Brampton Excelsiors and St. Joseph's
For the record, I think Rochester will most likely trade this pick. If they've already added Currier and Shanks, they may well be better looking for a future high pick or a player they think can help now. There's not much point taking another righty unless they decide they want to double down and take both Shanks and Williams. The top lefty forwards after Byrne don't warrant being taken this high. That leaves either a goalie—which they don't need with Matt Vinc still going strong, Angus Goodleaf a steady backup and Chase Martin a potentially solid backup if he can unseat Goodleaf—or a defender. If head coach Mike Hasen was impressed enough with Nick Finlay to take him sixth, he probably would have used Finlay as a callup for the MSL Peterborough Lakers more in the playoffs. That leaves Joaquim, who had a ho-hum summer with the Excelsiors but is a terrific athlete and could outplay the 11 slot I have him in my Top 50 Prospects rankings.

7 Georgia (from Toronto Rock): Nick Finlay, LT, Peterborough Lakers and Peterborough Timbermen
Assuming the Swarm used the fourth pick and use this one, which is a massive assumption, why not take another transition player who could turn out to be a perfect replacement if Georgia loses one in the expansion draft. Either Joaquim or Finlay could turn out to be ready to go when the Swarm break camp in December. One or both could win up on the practice squad, waiting for an injury or their game to develop to the point where the Swarm draw them onto the active squad. As good as the Swarm were, you still have to keep tweaking if you want to stay on top. Having this pair could help them prepare for whatever comes their way as Georgia defends the Champions Cup.

8 New England Black Wolves (from Saskatchewan Rush): Ryan Martel, LF, Langley Thunder Jr A
The Black Wolves have are loaded on the right side and have added Adam Bomberry, David Brock and John Lafontaine to the D. If I were them, I'd be bringing in free agent defender Eric Shewell from assistant coach Tracey Kelusky's Peterborough Lakers, too. So it's their need for a lefty that will likely be addressed here. They could go with Eric Fannell if they want to add a big body who can bang around and may develop into a bigger offensive contributor down the road. But why not swing for the fences and take the 19-year-old Martel? It may take a while before he has a major impact (see my quick take on underage players entering the league in Martel's entry at 13 in my Top 50 rankings) but the BCJALL rookie of the year could eventually be a star, just about when New England really needs him to be as some of their lefties age out of the league.

9 Georgia: Chase Fraser, RF, Nanaimo Timbermen and District of Columbia
I repeat the refrain that I don't think Georgia will own this pick by the time is is submitted to the league to be announced. If they do, however, a raw talent with tons of athleticism and upside makes sense. Fraser could be the thunder to the existing lightning on the Swarm's offence with his physical inside game.

10 New England (from Georgia, compensatory): Nick Chaykowsky, RT/F, Barrie Lakeshores and Nipissing
The Black Wolves could get the best of both worlds by taking Chaykowsky. He's a dynamic athlete who just needs to find a way to contribute more consistently to become a solid pro. His best role is in transition. Down the road, though, if the Black Wolves need him to move to forward, he may be ready in a few years to make the kind of switch that players like Dhane Smith and Jeff Shattler have made and that Mitch Jones is likely to make this year.

11 Calgary (compensatory): Johnny Pearson, LF, Langley Thunder and Ohio State
Interesting note about this draft as it stands before any trades take place: Calgary is the only West Division team picking in the first round. So a western kid makes sense here. With Holden Cattoni set to have a breakout year after scoring 48 goals this summer, the Roughnecks don't need Pearson to step in and replace Shattler (who signed with Saskatchewan). He would just need to earn a spot ahead of Riley Loewen and Tyler Fereira to help them on the left side.

Second Round

12 Buffalo Bandits: Liam Patten, RT, Barrie Lakeshores and Guelph
Patten would be a perfect fit in Banditland. He is tough, talented, fast and feisty. Just what the doctor ordered for a team that gave up the most goals in the league last year and wants to change that but still loves to run the ball.

13 Buffalo (from Rochester): Drew Belgrave, LD/T, New Westminster Salmonbellies Jr A
I told you my prospect rankings and mock draft would vary widely. Here we are at pick 13 and only two righty forwards taken even though five of my top 10 prospects play that position. But if you had a right side that included Dhane Smith, Callum Crawford, Mark Steenhuis, Anthony Malcom and sometimes Kedoh Hill, would you spend this pick on another one when you need to address the D and you don't have another pick until the end of the third round? Me neither. Belgrave is fantastically athletic. He was on the floor every night for the Sr Salmonbellies in the Mann Cup while more veteran players were in and out of the lineup as healthy scratches. And after running goalie Matt Vinc from behind during the Mann, he's probably already a favourite with Bandits fans given their rivalry with Rochester.

14 Rochester (from Calgary via Saskatchewan, New England, Calgary, Buffalo and New England): Zed Williams, RF, Native Sons Sr B and Virginia
So we finally get another righty taken and it's not one of my top 10 guys. But Williams has a chance to be special, he's played in Six Nations where the Knighthawks practice, and Rochester does have a tendency to select First Nations players. A little off the board—at least my board—but this could wind up being a great pick.

15 Georgia (from New England): Eric Fannel, LF, Oakville Rock and Ohio State
So much depends on what Georgia has done with their earlier picks at this point. If they kept all their first-rounders and added two D/trannies and a big, athletic righty, a banger of a lefty makes sense.

16 Saskatchewan Rush (from Colorado): Ryan Fournier, RT, Capital Region Axemen
Callum Crawford let me know on Twitter that he thought I had Fournier ranked too low at 25 in my prospects list. At the Combine I found out that he's not the only one who thinks Fournier should have been higher. The Rush hated to give up John Lafontaine in the trade that brought Evan Kirk from New England. Adding Fournier's speed to the back end would help ease the sting of that loss.

17 New England (from Vancouver): Tyler Pace, RF, Langley Thunder and Denver
With the additions of Martel and Chaykowsky earlier in the draft plus the free agent and trade defenders I mentioned, the Black Wolves could take a shot on a righty who may just unseat Seth Oakes for the fourth spot behind Shawn Evans, Kevin Crowley and Kyle Buchanan. Given that some folks thought Pace could be a contender for the first overall pick in this draft as recently as about a year ago, his upside is tempting in the second round. One downside is that Pace wants to live in Denver, which could make travel to New England difficult.

18 Toronto Rock: Jeff Wittig, LF, St. Catharines Athletics and St. Catharines Shockwave
With Hellyer, Hickey, Schreiber, Lintner and Caputo on the righty depth chart, the Rock are another team that really need to look elsewhere with their first pick. I would be inclined to have a go with JP Kealey here, but the Rock had success with an underage St. Catharines player last year in Latrell Harris and may want to give it another go. Wittig didn't have a great summer and he didn't look good at the Combine, but Harris wasn't that good at the Combine last year, either, and that turned out pretty well. Wittig is a big, solid lefty who showed plenty of promise with the ALL's Shockwave, scoring 25 goals and 20 assists in 12 games.

19 Saskatchewan: Cole Shafer, RF, Langley Thunder and Drexel
Saskatchewan is loaded on the right side (sound familiar?) but Shafer is the kind of intelligent, poised player who could fit in nicely in a depth role with the Rush. He is from the same Coquitlam Adanacs Jr A program as all of their other righties (okay, that's a slight exaggeration—Curtis Knight is from Whitby, but McIntosh, Church and Dinsdale? Adanacs all the way). Getting my sixth-ranked prospect at 19 is a steal, and it won't be the last righty forward we'll be able to say that about in this draft.

20 Georgia: Cam Milligan, RF, Burnaby Lakers and Vermont
In this mock, Georgia has already added pieces at almost every position. By going with Milligan here, they could see whose style works better with their existing talent—Milligan's lacrosse IQ and silky smooth passing or Fraser's robust, athletic approach.

21 Georgia (compensatory): Erik Kratz, G, New Westminster Salmonbellies Jr A
Mike Poulin is established as the starter and was signed for three years because the Swarm want to win more than one championship and wanted to have stability between the pipes to try to do so. But the battle for the backup role right now is between Kevin Orleman and Warren Hill, a pair of youngsters with plenty of potential but neither of whom has established yet that he can play in the NLL. At such an important position, why not add another talented young keeper to the mix and see who the best option to develop long term is?

22 Calgary (from Buffalo, compensatory): Ryan Lee, RF, Nanaimo Timbermen and RIT
Having added a faceoff ace/defender and a lefty, the Roughnecks can take a shot on a righty who showed in the Six Nations Arrows' 2015 Minto Cup championship run that he can thrive in a complementary role and in two solid seasons in the WLA that his talent allows him to overcome a lack of size even when playing against men.

23 Calgary (compensatory): Sam Degroot, LT/F, Port Coquitlam Saints
Degroot is athletic, tough and passionate but also disciplined. He's also a western kid with leadership skills and solid character. Those are good traits to add to a defence that has finished in the bottom half of the league in goals allowed in each of the past five seasons after giving up the fewest in 2012.

Third Round

24 Georgia (from Buffalo): Bennett Drake, RF/T/FO, Brampton Excelsiors and Albany
Georgia is stacked up and down the roster and they've added players at every position in my mock draft so far. So Drake makes sense because he can play forward (as he did for the Excelsiors in being voted MSL's rookie of the year) or defence and he can provide some relief at the faceoff dot for Jordan McIntosh.

25 Colorado Mammoth (from Rochester): JP Kealey, LF, Langley Thunder and Robert Morris
What a drop for Kealey from the 11th spot in which I had Calgary taking him in my Mock Draft 2.0. That was before Ryan Martel entered the draft, though, and Martel's entry could create a huge domino effect. Kealey almost doubled Langley teammate Johnny Pearson's point total this summer (43-22). In fact, he led the Thunder in points per game. The major concern would be his injury history, having missed two years to blown knees and the final third of this summer to another injury. The positive way of looking at that issue is that Kealey battled through the agonizing back-to-back years of rehab to resume his career and succeed in the WLA.

26 Calgary: Ethan Schott, RD, Whitby Warriors and Trent
Schott didn't get to show his stuff at the Combine because he's out for another couple of weeks with a broken thumb but he's coming off a solid summer where he showed the ability to be tough without taking too many penalties. In his four years of Jr B with the Clarington Green Gaels before spending his final season of junior in Whitby, Schott also showed an affinity for running the floor and producing in transition.

27 New England: Daniel Craig, LF, Orangeville Northmen and Penn State
Craig could turn out to be the steal of the draft if he winds up being the kind of prospect he looked like in his four excellent years with the Barrie Lakeshores rather than the kind he looked like in a disappointing final Jr A season with Orangeville and two summers of not playing indoors at all. It's a risk to take a player who hasn't played box lacrosse for the last couple of years. Rochester took a chance like that in the first round last year, though, and Kyle Jackson worked out very well for them.

28 Colorado: Frank Brown, RF, Native Sons Sr B
Colorado wouldn't have traded away Callum Crawford if they didn't believe their top trio of Jeremy Noble, Stephen Keogh and Jacob Ruest could get the job done. It wouldn't hurt to bring in Brown to see if he can be a useful depth addition. Brown is a 6'4”, 215-pounder who flashed some serious talent in scoring 18 goals and 18 assists in just six Can Am league games this summer. He only had 12 points in six games at the Presidents Cup but wouldn't have had nearly as much floor time or as many touches with Lyle Thompson and Zed Williams leading the way on the right side when the Native Sons had their full roster available.

29 Vancouver Stealth: Adam Perroni, RD, Whitby Warriors Trent
Welcome to the draft, Vancouver. Honestly, I anticipate the Stealth moving up to have a pick much earlier than this, probably in the first round. Regardless of whether that happens or not, I think they can get pretty good value here with Perroni, who is big, strong and athletic. Those traits made him stand out in Jr B with the Green Gaels when he had more opportunity to transition the ball and even got some time on the power play. He can contribute at both ends of the floor. I loved his answer when I asked him what position he mostly played with the Gaels. “I was a lacrosse player,” he said, explaining that he usually went out the back door but did get to stay for offensive shifts frequently. A very old-school answer for an old-school approach to the game.

30 Toronto: Riley Hutchcraft, G, Mimico Mountaineers and Wilfred Laurier
Long-time third goalie Steve Fryer is gone to Colorado and Brandon Miller will turn 39 before the season ends. Having a developmental goalie would be a boon. Hutchcraft has a year of junior eligibility left. He was excellent for Mimico this summer, playing a key role in the Mountaineers reaching the Minto Cup and playing well at the tournament. As a Toronto native, it would be ideal for him to get to develop on the practice roster until he's ready for an active role.

31 Saskatchewan: Connor Laird, LD, Brooklin Redmen and Lindenwood
Laird is a serviceable defender with decent size and Rush head coach/GM Derek Keenan is familiar with him from having coached Laird in both Jr A with the Whitby Warriors and Brooklin.

32 Georgia: Joe French, RF, Oakville Rock and Virginia
French is a talented player who was very good in a leading roll with the Sr B Oakville Titans, scoring 5 points per game. He was also able to fit in as a complementary player for the Rock. Living in Washington, DC makes it difficult for most teams to justify flying him in but the trip from DC to Atlanta is only about two hours and has plenty of directly flights.

33 Buffalo (compensatory): Mason Jones, G, Seneca War Chiefs
Anthony Cosmo is 40 and hasn't yet committed to playing another year while neither Davide DiRuscio nor Alex Buque is a proven starter in the NLL. Jones is a project after playing in a weak Jr B league but he was very impressive as the all-star goalie at this summer's Founders Cup in Saskatoon. Jones is a big-bodied goalie but he plays with the agility of a much smaller man. He reads angles well, has developed a good sense of how deep he wants to be in his crease at all times, and uses excellent footwork to make his movements economical. Teams won't have been able to do a lot of scouting on him but Buffalo may have an edge because the War Chiefs are coached by Darris Kilgour, the brother of Bandits' D coach Rich Kilgour.

Fourth Round

34 Buffalo: Kessler Doolittle, LD, Six Nations Arrows
Doolittle was named the top defender in his Jr B league in 2015 and helped the Arrows win the Minto Cup this year. He's a steady defender who plays with an edge and has a championship pedigree with three Founders Cup titles with the Six Nations Rebels preceding his Minto win.

35 Toronto (from Rochester): Steph Charbonneau, LD, Barrie Lakeshores
Defensive depth is always a good thing to have. Speaking of which, Toronto did make one of my favourite under-the-radar free agent signings when they inked Brett Ulbikas, who I think has the drive and the full-floor game to be a solid pro. Charbonneau is reliable, he was a captain in junior and he got some experience in high-level competition when he went to the Minto Cup finals this summer after being traded to the Coquitlam Adanacs.

36 Buffalo (from Calgary): Chris Boushy, RF, Burlington Chiefs and Queen's
Boushy is quick and skilled. He scored 47 goals in his final season of Jr B with the Halton Hills Bulldogs and put up 27 goals and 71 points with the Chiefs this summer. Boushy still has a year of junior eligibility.

37 New England: Jarrod Neumann, RD, Providence
Neumann is big (6'4”, over 205 pounds), smart (Scholar All-American), he's a terrific athlete and he's from New England (hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts and Providence is in Rhode Island).

38 Colorado: Brandon Humphrey, G, Calgary Mountaineers
Alexis Buque is gone. Steve Fryer is a good teammate but is 27 years old and has played a total of 60 minutes in his entire NLL career. Nolan Clayton was a promising junior but since then has struggled with consistency as he's gone 0-5 with a .715 save percentage in the ALL and 3-6-1 with the Brampton Excelsiors in MSL. It would be a good idea for Colorado to have a contingency plan in case neither of those two work out as a backup. Humphrey was very good when he and Clayton and duelled in the 2016 Minto Cup and he is dedicated to improving. He also lives almost due north of Denver.

39 Vancouver: Jake Cullen, LF, Nanaimo Timbermen and Albany
Cullen is big and solid with some talent to take advantage of scoring chances when they arise. He averaged 49 points in his three full seasons of Jr A with the Victoria Shamrocks and has added 59 total in two seasons with the Timbermen.

40 Toronto: Nik Farrus, LF, Orangeville Northmen Jr B and Western
Farrus led the Founders Cup with 25 assists and 35 points to earn a spot on the Founders' first all-star team as Orangeville won its second straight Jr B national title. He has a good motor and floor vision. Rock assistant coach Bruce Codd is also the head coach of the Jr B Northmen so he is familiar with the Alberta product who is attending school in London, Ontario. Codd raved about Farrus' contribution to Orangeville both on and off the floor.

41 Saskatchewan: Isaiah Davis-Allen, RD, Maryland
His athleticism and his excellent work as a short-stick D middie at Maryland suggest Davis-Allen may be able to make the transition to the indoor game. What gives Davis-Allen a chance is his combination of quickness, field awareness and poise when he comes up with a ground/loose ball. When you have the depth of talent that the Rush have, you can take a chance on a guy who may not work out but could prove to be a nice fourth-round steal if he does.

42 Georgia: Dallas Bridle, RF, Orangeville Northmen and High Point
Bridle would have been higher had he not torn up his ACL. Bridle was the fourth overall pick in the 2017 Major Series Lacrosse draft by Oakville because he's a big, solid forward with a high lacrosse IQ. In his final year of junior (2016) he set a career high in points of 51—14 more than his previous best—and a career low in penalty minutes of 26—12 fewer than his previous low despite playing a full 20-game season for the first time.

Fifth Round

43 Buffalo: Matt Rambo, LF, Maryland
The 2017 Tewaaraton Award winner as the top player in the NCAA, Rambo has a physical style that may translate well to box lacrosse. Rambo is worth a look for the Bandits. As I mentioned at the top of the draft, Buffalo was looking for a lefty even before trading Ryan Benesch, so why not take a shot on an exceptionally talented lacrosse player with a low-risk selection late in the draft?

44 Rochester: Josh Jubenville, RD, Six Nations Arrows
Coming off four full seasons with the Jr B Windsor Clippers, Jubenville wasn't a big name defender for the Arrows as he transitioned to Jr A. And while he didn't play as big a role as Jr A veterans like Liam Leclair and Jamie Dilks, Jubenville was a solid cog in the Arrows defence that was the key to winning the Minto Cup. He does his job in his own end and can contribute in transition.

45 Calgary: Doug Gardner, G, Calgary Mountaineers
Gardner's a local boy who gained widespread attention with his play at the 2016 Minto Cup when he posted an 8.04 goals against average and .843 save percentage in a pair of games as the Mounties made waves at the Canadian Jr A championship. He could be a handy addition to the practice squad, where he could get a chance to develop and step into a backup role if the Roughnecks were to lose Frankie Scigliano in the expansion draft, which appears fairly likely.

46 New England: Dylan Molloy, RF, Brown
Molloy is the second Tewaaraton winner in my mock draft and he's got a blend of talent and physicality that looks like it would make him a great candidate to make the move from field to the NLL. His job in New York's financial district makes it difficult for him to travel to play at this point but Uncasville is by far the closest NLL centre to NY City.

47 Georgia (from Colorado): Cody Ward, RF, Six Nations Arrows and Western Ontario
After four years with the St. Catharines Athletics, Ward spent 2017 with the Arrows and set career highs in goals, assists and points (18/35/53). He has decent hands and didn't look out of his element playing against men in CLax in 2015. Ward is also the reigning Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association MVP and helped the Western Mustangs win the Baggataway Cup last fall. He projects as a depth forward who will keep his feet and the ball moving.

48 Vancouver: Larken Kemp, RD, Brown
Kemp is a very good athlete and played LSM at Brown, a position that often seems to translate well to box lacrosse success. He's also living in California, which makes it an easy flight up the coast to Vancouver if he can earn a spot with the Stealth.

49 Toronto: Andrew Garant, LF, Windsor Clippers Jr B
There aren't a lot of examples of Jr B players making it big in the NLL but one of the best is Rock forward Brett Hickey, who just happens to have played for the same Windsor team that produced Garant. The Clippers don't face much high-quality competition but nobody else in their division put up anywhere near Garant's 146 points this summer. He clearly has some talent and would be worth bringing to camp for a shot.

50 Georgia: Connor Cannizzaro, RF, Denver
Cannizzaro is quick, he can pass and shoot, and while he's not the biggest or most physical player he's not afraid of contact. Sounds like the ubertalented field player might fit in with the high-flying Swarm offence.

Sixth Round

51 Buffalo: Johnny Leclerc, RT, Clarington Green Gaels and Trent
Leclerc is athletic and showed a knack for jumping into the offence as the CUFLA East Division All-Canadian LSM last fall. He's also the last player from my Top 50 prospects list still available, so it makes sense for me to project him to the nearby Bandits.

52 Rochester: Trevor Stacey, LD, Six Nations Arrows
Stacey scored 11 points and racked up a nice round 300 minutes in penalties playing 26 games of Jr A lacrosse between the regular season and playoffs. Knighthawks' GM doesn't mind a pugilistic streak in his players. Stacey was also part of two Minto Cup championship teams with the Arrows, so smart lacrosse minds have seen value in what he brings to the table.

53 Calgary: Lyndon Bunio, LF, Calgary Mountaineers
Bunio showed some skill and quickness in the Combine and he's studied engineering at Western University, so he is probably pretty smart. He was second in Rocky Mountain league scoring this summer with 34 goals and 60 assists for 94 points in 18 games.

54 New England: Parker Sands, LD, Peterborough Jr A Lakers
Sands was impressive at the Combine, showing his combination of a constant motor and good speed to produce some transition chances. That's exactly the kind of player he was with the Lakers: a depth defender who is reliable in his own end and will keep working hard as long as the game clock is ticking. He's undersized but determined.

55 Colorado: Christian Burgdorf, RD, Denver
Burgdorf is 6'4”, 205 pounds and was a four-time All-American with the Pioneers (once first team, twice second team and once honourable mention). He's strong, he played solid system defence in Bill Tierney's program and while he's from New Jersey he's lived in Denver, and everyone who lives in Denver loves the city.

56 Vancouver: Jeff Fernandes, LF, Clarington Green Gaels and Trent
Scored 118 goals and 330 points in 70 career Jr B games with the Gaels and added 72/146/218 in 53 playoff games.

57 Toronto: Alec Tulett, LD, Florida Launch and Brown
Tulett is from Toronto and played a couple of seasons with the Toronto Beaches Jr A team. He is a two-time All-American (once second team, once honourable mention). According to his bio on Brown's website, Tulett also won both the enriched math award and the drama award in Grade 10 at Royal St. George's College. That's a pretty cool combination of talents.

58 Saskatchewan: Anthony Hallborg, LD, Saskatchewan SWAT
Hallborg is a defender with some athleticism and he dropped the mitts with a fellow Saskatchewan product (Drew Dziadyk) at the Combine. That seems to me to be worth at least bringing him in for camp to help develop the home province minor program.

59 Georgia: Adam Osika, LT, Atlanta Blaze and Albany
I was tempted to go with Notre Dame product Garrett Epple but Osika makes more sense for the Swarm. Osika is a big, strong defensive midfielder who played in Atlanta this summer and has expressed an interest in playing in the NLL.

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