The University of Denver's Jeremy Noble is one of the many highly-rated prospects looking ahead to the 2014 NLL Entry Draft. (Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Images)
IL Indoor co-editor and NLL Draft Analyst Stephen Stamp has been tracking the progress of top prospects for this fall's 2013 NLL Entry Draft but recently jumped ahead to preview potential 2014 draft picks including highly-rated attackman and possible first-overall selection Jeremy Noble from the University of Denver along with other candidates currently playing in college and/or the summer leagues.
"After last week’s second version of the Mock Draft for 2013 (Mock Draft 2.0), Prospect Tracker is going to switch things up a bit and take a look at the early candidates for top selections in the 2014 Draft, which is going to be another good one (although just wait till you see the list of players coming in 2015…wow!)," Stamp writes. "There’s more than just Jeremy Noble available. There was a huge group of defenders in last year’s draft and there are plenty more coming this year, but 2014 is shaping up as a draft that’s mostly about the offense."
Jeremy Noble, RF, Orangeville Northmen and University of Denver
"Noble is a heart and soul player with a ton of talent. A natural leader who makes everyone around him better. The only knock on him is that he’s 5′9”, but forget about that. It doesn’t matter. He’s good enough that his height is irrelevant. Noble scored 6 points a game in his final junior season as he led the Northmen to their third Minto Cup in five years. And besides his talent and leadership, he’s a character person. The kind of player you can build a team around."
Ben McIntosh, RF/T, Maple Ridge Burrards and Drexel University
"The third of the Coquitlam Big Four to hit the draft in consecutive years (after Matthew Dinsdale and Robert Church and ahead of Wesley Berg), McIntosh is an elite scorer who can play a transition role and has a history of winning. He’s scored 24 points in 9 games as a rookie with Maple Ridge this year and should only get better with more Senior A seasoning before next year’s draft."
Cody Bremner, LF, Nanaimo Timbermen and Cornell University
"50 goals and 65 assists for 115 points in 30 games over the last two seasons with Nanaimo show that Bremner has already established himself as a legitimate scoring threat in the WLA. The fact that he’s a lefty certainly helps raise his allure level for the pro teams. Bremner should be a sure-fire first rounder and could go as high as second."
Dan Keane, RF, Brampton Excelsiors and University of Delaware
"Three straight 70-plus-point seasons in Junior A show that he’s a solid complementary scoring threat and set up man who can shoot some too."
Eli McLaughlin, LF, New Westminster Salmonbellies
"Yet another talented lefty forward in a draft that is loaded with them. McClaughlin, who was traded from Delta at the deadline this year, led the BCJALL with 60 goals and totalled 103 points. He’s followed that up with 9 goals and 5 assists in four playoff games so far."
Mike Melynchenko, LF, Brooklin Redmen and Chestnut Hill
"Athletic and shifty, Melnychenko has been a nice addition to the Brooklin offence with 16 goals in 17 games. He’ll need to develop other aspects of his game over the next year, but so far he’s shown the potential to play a bigger role down the road."
Warren Hill, G, Six Nations Arrows
"Hill was the top goalie in OLA Junior A in 2012 and had another strong season in 2013, even if it wasn’t quite as consistent as the summer before. He went 8-2 with an 8.16 goals against average this summer. Hill makes the saves he’s expected to make and plenty of saves that take your breath away. He’s an acrobatic goalie that will need to continue refining his positioning to make the transition to the pro game. A good prospect for a team that needs a solid backup now who can develop into a future starter."
To see the entire list of potential high-impact rookies in 2015, check out Stamp's 2014 Prospect Tracker and stay tuned in the coming weeks for more coverage of the 2013 Draft as it draws closer.