Transition player Mitch Wilde from Robert Morris University is 17th in IL Indoor's prospect ranks as the NLL Entry Draft nears. (Photo: RMU Athletics)
As the 2013 NLL Entry Draft on Monday, Sept. 16 at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) gets closer and closer, draft analyst Stephen Stamp from IL Indoor continues to count down the top 50 prospects with players ranked #16-30 as the next crop of potential future NLL stars.
"The second group of IL Indoor’s Top 50 prospects for the 2013 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft features a phalanx of transition players, which is probably the strongest position in the draft this year," Stamp writes. "There are some athletic guys who play defence but really excel when it comes to moving the ball up the floor. Then there are the D-first guys who look to take care of their own end and see transition as something to think about once you know your zone is secured. There’s plenty of variety to view when you make the jump to numbers 16-30 in this year’s list."
17 – Mitch Wilde – LT, KW Kodiaks
Uses his big body well to play an in-your-face, physical game. Wilde is a good defender who will need some work on the technical defending side of his game, but has shown he’s an enthusiastic and coachable player who wants to contain opponents’ top scoring threats. He also has the speed and stick skills to contribute in transition.
20 – Adrian Sorichetti – LT, Brooklin Redmen
Sorichetti has been viewed for years as a likely first-round pick and he could still go much higher than this ranking. He’s a spectacularly athletic player who has plenty of admirers around the league. But he had a difficult summer in Brooklin and was a scratch for most of the MSL playoffs. The challenge for Sorichetti will be to readjust to indoor lacrosse. He played only 32 games of Jr A lacrosse, finishing his career in 2011 with a Minto Cup with the Whitby Warriors, and got into only a half dozen games with the Redmen this summer. Doesn’t project to score a lot but can use his speed to get the ball out of the defensive zone.
21 – Karsen Leung – RT, Victoria Shamrocks
There’s nothing quite like playing in a Mann Cup right before your NLL draft to give pro GMs and coaches a chance to see how you perform under pressure against top-flight competition. Leung has shown flashes of brilliance during Victoria’s quest for a Canadian championship. Normally a forward, Leung was thrust largely into a transition role for the Shamrocks this season after scoring 45 points in 10 games as a rookie in 2012. His adroit passing has paid off in some quality scoring chances for Victoria’s transition crew at the Mann. He’s also an excellent penalty killer, although that side of the game doesn’t translate much to the NLL, since the pro league runs the shot clock during penalties. Leung should have a strong chance to earn a roster spot right away and can bring skill and versatility to the table for whoever drafts him.
26 – Tucker Durkin – RD, Hamilton Nationals
Playing the MLL season with the Nationals gave Durkin a chance to impress a number of NLL players and he took advantage of that chance. Durkin was a First Team All-American his last two years at Johns Hopkins. He’s big, strong and knows the art of defence, at least on the field side of the game. There is plenty of precedent for American defenders making the transition to the indoor game smoothly over the past handful of years and Durkin stands a good chance of being the next one in that line.
27 – Don Alton – G, Six Nations Arrows
Alton has split time pretty evenly with 2012 OLA Jr A goalie of the year Warren Hill over the past couple of seasons and has always held up his end of the partnership. In 2013, Alton allowed just 5.81 goals against per game while posting a 9-1 record and .791 save percentage. He has proved to be a reliable option for the Arrows and is hoping to be the same for an NLL team.
30 – Cody McMahon – LT/F, Orangeville Northmen
A year ago we had McMahon listed at 37 when he declared early for the NLL Entry Draft but he went unselected. This year, in a draft that isn’t as deep, he bumps up to number 30. He produced points at almost exactly the same rate as last year, putting up about 3 per game to finish third on the team with 58 points from 13 goals and 45 assists. As we said last year, McMahon plays like he doesn’t realize he’s a bit undersized and has the lacrosse IQ to play any role a team needs him to.
Find the entire list of prospects ranked 16th-30th on IL Indoor by clicking here. The story for draft-eligible players ranked #31-50 can be found here while IL Indoor's interviews with prospects is located here.
Stay tuned as the countdown concludes tomorrow along with a final mock draft also coming soon.
The Combine from Sept. 14-15 and Draft on Monday, Sept. 16 will both take place at TRAC and are open to the public with free admission. Can't make it to Oakville, Ont.? Watch the Combine Prospects Game at 2 p.m. on Sunday and the Draft at 7 p.m. on Monday, both live on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network.