The 2017 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft will be held Monday, September 18 at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ontario. NLL.com correspondent Stephen Stamp introduces you to some of the players expected to be chosen near the top of the draft in this series, Getting to Know a Prospect.
Getting to Know…Cole Shafer
Cole Shafer was a good junior player with the Coquitlam Adanacs. Then he exploded in his final season as a junior, 2015, with 45 goals and 98 points.
That fall, he showed he could play against men just as effectively when he represented England at the World Indoor Lacrosse Championships on the Onondaga Nation. Shafer led the English side with 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points, almost twice as many as any other player on the team in the six games they played.
Shafer put up 34 points again this summer as a member of the Langley Thunder. He may not be the biggest player on the floor, but Shafer has proved that he doesn’t let his size keep him down. He’ll be looking for a chance to show he can produce at yet another level when the NLL draft rolls around this September.
Name: Cold Shafer
Date of birth: April 9, 1994
Shooting hand: Right
Jr Team: Coquitlam Adanacs
Sr Team: Langley Thunder
College: Drexel University
Who was your favourite player growing up? John Grant Jr.
What NLL player do you think your game is similar to or do you model your game after? Josh Sanderson
What will you bring to the team that drafts you? Lacrosse IQ, scoring
What is your biggest accomplishment or the biggest moment of your lacrosse career so far? OT winner in CAA championship to send us to our first NCAA tournament appearance
Who would play you in the movie of your life? Editor’s note: Shafer didn’t include the person who would play him, so I made the decision for him. Jame Franco. For the record, Shafer was okay with that choice. — SS