The Minnesota Swarm once again hold four first-round selections in the NLL Entry Draft, including the first two overall picks. (Photo: Graig Abel)
The National Lacrosse League has announced the first-round draft order as of May 14, subject to change pending trades, for the 2013 NLL Entry Draft.
With the Championship Game now in the books, the order of selection for the 2013 Draft has taken shape. As league champion, the Rochester Knighthawks receive the ninth and final selection in the first round (which now belongs to the Toronto Rock via the Dan Carey/Mat MacLeod and Creighton Reid trade with the Colorado Mammoth who acquired the pick from Rochester in the John Grant, Jr./Matt Vinc trade). The West Division champion Washington Stealth get the next-to-last selection of the first round (8th overall) after finishing as the runner up. The first seven selections are based on overall seeding at the conclusion of the regular season.
For the second-straight year, the Minnesota Swarm hold four first-round selections, this time including the first two overall picks, as they acquired their top selection from the Buffalo Bandits via the Anthony Cosmo trade. Five other teams are set to draft in the first round while the Bandits (10th overall), Philadelphia Wings (19th overall) and back-to-back champion Knighthawks (27th overall) will make their first selection in the second and third rounds.
2013 NLL Entry Draft First Round
1) Minnesota (from Buffalo)
4) Edmonton (from Philadelphia)
5) Minnesota (from Edmonton)
7) Minnesota (from Toronto)
9) Toronto (from Rochester via Colorado)
Rookies should play important roles on their teams again in 2014 after successful campaigns by first-year players in 2013 where 34 out of the 56 players selected in 2012 made the cut when league rosters were announced.
Stay tuned for some early mock drafts, predictions and players to watch in the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament from some of the game's leading journalists including NLL Draft Analyst Stephen Stamp from IL Indoor.