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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Vancouver
8
Toronto
19
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
San Diego
15
New York
14
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Albany
11
Buffalo
10
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Rochester
16
Georgia
11
Sat, Dec 3
FINAL
Colorado
6
Saskatchewan
18
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Sat, Dec 10
19:00:00
Toronto
Rochester
Sat, Dec 10
21:30:00
Vancouver
Calgary
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Fri, Dec 16
22:30:00
Panther City
Las Vegas
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Rochester
Albany
Sat, Dec 17
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Georgia
Sat, Dec 17
19:30:00
Halifax
New York
Sat, Dec 17
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Dec 30
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Dec 31
21:00:00
Panther City
Saskatchewan
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
22:30:00
Philadelphia
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Panther City
Rochester
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Halifax
Albany
Sat, Jan 7
19:00:00
Buffalo
Georgia
Sat, Jan 7
19:30:00
Toronto
New York
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Jan 7
22:00:00
Vancouver
San Diego
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
18:30:00
Albany
Halifax
Fri, Jan 13
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Colorado
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Halifax
Toronto
Sat, Jan 14
19:00:00
Panther City
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 14
19:30:00
Georgia
Buffalo
Sat, Jan 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Calgary
Sat, Jan 14
22:00:00
Las Vegas
Vancouver
Sun, Jan 15
15:00:00
Rochester
New York
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
19:30:00
Buffalo
Rochester
Fri, Jan 20
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
New York
Albany
Sat, Jan 21
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
18:00:00
Rochester
Halifax
Fri, Jan 27
19:00:00
Buffalo
Philadelphia
Sat, Jan 28
19:30:00
Buffalo
New York
Sat, Jan 28
20:30:00
Las Vegas
Saskatchewan
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
Toronto
Calgary
Sat, Jan 28
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Jan 28
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
21:00:00
Georgia
Colorado
Sat, Feb 4
18:00:00
Calgary
Halifax
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
New York
Toronto
Sat, Feb 4
19:00:00
Albany
Philadelphia
Sat, Feb 4
19:30:00
Rochester
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Panther City
San Diego
Sat, Feb 4
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 4
22:30:00
Colorado
Las Vegas
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
19:30:00
Toronto
Georgia
Fri, Feb 10
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Sat, Feb 11
19:00:00
Halifax
Rochester
Sat, Feb 11
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Feb 11
20:00:00
Vancouver
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
21:00:00
Colorado
Calgary
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Saskatchewan
San Diego
Fri, Feb 17
22:00:00
Calgary
Vancouver
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Georgia
Toronto
Sat, Feb 18
19:00:00
Las Vegas
Albany
Sat, Feb 18
19:30:00
Philadelphia
Buffalo
Sat, Feb 18
20:00:00
Colorado
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
13:00:00
New York
Halifax
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
21:00:00
Panther City
Colorado
Fri, Feb 24
22:30:00
Calgary
Las Vegas
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
New York
Rochester
Sat, Feb 25
19:00:00
Albany
Georgia
Sat, Feb 25
20:00:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
18:30:00
Buffalo
Halifax
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 4
16:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Rochester
Toronto
Sat, Mar 4
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Mar 4
20:00:00
Saskatchewan
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
19:00:00
Toronto
Philadelphia
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
19:30:00
Halifax
Buffalo
Fri, Mar 10
21:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
Sat, Mar 11
19:00:00
Albany
Toronto
Sat, Mar 11
19:30:00
Philadelphia
New York
Sat, Mar 11
20:30:00
San Diego
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 11
22:30:00
Vancouver
Las Vegas
Sun, Mar 12
16:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
21:00:00
Saskatchewan
Calgary
Fri, Mar 17
22:00:00
San Diego
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 18
11:00:00
Georgia
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 18
18:00:00
Toronto
Halifax
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Albany
New York
Sat, Mar 18
19:30:00
Colorado
Buffalo
Sat, Mar 18
20:00:00
Las Vegas
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
20:30:00
San Diego
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Toronto
Albany
Sat, Mar 25
19:00:00
Halifax
Philadelphia
Sat, Mar 25
19:30:00
Georgia
New York
Sat, Mar 25
21:30:00
Calgary
Saskatchewan
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Buffalo
San Diego
Sat, Mar 25
22:00:00
Colorado
Vancouver
Sat, Mar 25
22:30:00
Rochester
Las Vegas
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
20:00:00
New York
Georgia
Fri, Mar 31
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Colorado
Fri, Mar 31
22:00:00
Calgary
San Diego
Sat, Apr 1
19:00:00
Buffalo
Toronto
Sat, Apr 1
20:00:00
Albany
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
21:30:00
Vancouver
Saskatchewan
Sun, Apr 2
13:00:00
Georgia
Halifax
Sun, Apr 2
18:00:00
Rochester
Philadelphia
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Albany
Rochester
Sat, Apr 8
19:00:00
Saskatchewan
Georgia
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Panther City
Calgary
Sat, Apr 8
21:00:00
Vancouver
Colorado
Sat, Apr 8
22:30:00
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Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
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Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
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Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
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Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
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Panther City
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18:00:00
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Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
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Buffalo
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21:30:00
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Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
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San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
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Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
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Albany
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Halifax
Georgia
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
Colorado
San Diego
Sat, Apr 29
22:00:00
New York
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Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
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2015 Nll Mock Draft 1.0

The 2015 NLL Draft is now less than two months away and it’s time to start projecting which players will go where from one of the best draft classes, if not the best, in the 30-year history of the National Lacrosse League. Preview the NLL Mock Draft 1.0 by draft expert Stephen Stamp below and find the full story on Inside Lacrosse.

“With the National Lacrosse League officially announcing that the 2015 Entry Draft will be held Monday, September 28 at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre, it’s a perfect time to run IL Indoor’s first Mock Draft of the year,” Stamp writes.

The first round will be heavily influenced by the Georgia Swarm. Holding four picks among the first six, the Swarm will be adding a ton of talent in a draft that has been hailed for years as probably the best ever. Any first-round pick and many in the second will provide a player with the potential to make an immediate impact, including several players who could be key building blocks for a franchise.

If things fall right for Georgia, they could add an elite level player at righty forward, lefty forward, defender and transition player. The key to how the Swarm’s draft plays out will be who or which positions they prioritize. The big question is, do they use the first pick to pair Lyle Thompson with his brother Miles on the right side of the offence or do they go after a number one lefty in Jesse King?

1) Georgia Swarm: Lyle Thompson, RF, Onondaga Redhawks and University at Albany
The temptation to reunite the Thompsons in the NLL is probably just too great for the Swarm to pass up. Miles and Lyle have produced magic together wherever they’ve played, gaining attention in particular with their performances at Albany and for the Iroquois Nationals at the 2014 world field lacrosse championships. Lyle is probably the most talented of the four brothers who’ll be playing in the NLL come next winter, which is saying a lot with Miles, Jeremy and Hiana already demonstrating high levels of talent. Off the floor, pairing Lyle with Miles would also provide a marketing bonanza in the Swarm’s new home in Gwinnett. For anyone else, Wesley Berg might be the better choice, but for Georgia, there’s a lot to commend the selection of Thompson.

2) Rochester Knighthawks: Wesley Berg, RF, Oakville Rock and University at Denver
This is an incredibly difficult selection to handicap, especially since no one in the organization seems to have much of a sense of who the team will pick at this point. Randy Staats is an obvious choice since he is highly talented, is of First Nations decent and is a cousin of star forwardCody Jamieson. All of those factors suggest he would fit in wonderfully on the excellent roster that owner and GM Curt Styres has built. The coaches on the defensive side will surely be lobbying for Graeme Hossack, the best defender to enter the league since Kyle Rubisch. And with the uncertainty of when and how effectively Jamieson will return from his achilles injury, it’s hard to overlook lefty forward Jesse King, who may be even better than the top righties in this stacked draft. But even after last year’s holdout by Jeremy Noble after they picked him with the second overall pick, it will be hard for the Knighthawks to pass on another University of Denver righty. Berg is big, athletic, ridiculously talented and knows how to play the game. He could be a game-changing presence for years to come.

3) Georgia Swarm: Graeme Hossack, LD, Brooklin Redmen and Lindenwood University
With Jesse King still on the board, it will be hard for the Swarm to pass him up, but Hossack is a rare gem in the defensive zone and you just can’t let him slip away. He has the cover ability and lacrosse IQ to be the core of your defence for the next decade. Think Rubisch as a left-hand shot. Those are high expectations to place on a young defender, but Rubisch himself chimed in on Twitter to agree that Hossack is special.

4) Calgary Roughnecks: Jesse King, LF, Victoria Shamrocks and Ohio State University
Plenty of knowledgeable lacrosse folks think King should be the first or second pick in this stacked draft and it’s hard to make a strong argument against them, other than just how deep this draft is in elite prospects. King shone at the junior level, he was excellent for Canada at the world field lacrosse championships and he has 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 points in 15 games with the Sr A Victoria Shamrocks this summer. He’s athletic, talented and a good teammate. He’s also a lefty forward, and those are always in demand. Calgary needs defence more than another lefty (they’re well stocked with Jeff Shattler, Dane Dobbie and Daryl Veltman), but King is too good to pass up when there aren’t any other defenders at his calibre available in the draft.

7) Calgary Roughnecks: Randy Staats, RF, Six Nations Chiefs and Syracuse University
Again, Calgary needs defence but that is not the strength of this draft. They’ll be able to grab some solid defenders with their other four picks among the first 30 in the draft. Here, though, they need to go for the best player available, even if he plays a position at which they’re already strong. Staats is that player, and it wouldn’t actually hurt the Riggers to add another righty forward given that they were playing Karsen Leungthere quite a bit last year. Leung is far more valuable to them coming out the back door; he was named a finalist for the transition player of the year award.

8) New England Black Wolves: Reilly O’Connor, LF, Brooklin Redmen
O’Connor was sensational in Jr A, posting three straight 100-point seasons for the Whitby Warriors (the first player since John Grant Jr. to do so). He got off to a slow start with the Redmen, though, looking a little overmatched by the bigger, stronger defenders he had to face. His game improved as he began to initiate contact with defenders rather than waiting for them to come to him, and he’s posted an unspectacular but decent 7/14/21 stat line in 11 games. Unfortunately, he had to go back to school to finish up some work and missed a handful of games that could have further helped his development. O’Connor is still a good bet to be ready to contribute at the NLL level soon, but he will probably fall to this point in the draft just because there is so much other talent ready to rise in this draft.

The Next Ones
Lintner will make someone in the second round of the draft very happy, as will several of the other players who will be selected with the next dozen picks (Vancouver has two compensatory picks and Georgia one at the end of the second round for having had free agents signed away). He’s the last of the elite group of righty forwards, but there a few others who are interesting. Seth Oakes has the potential to be a star but spent much of his time playing Jr B after his home centre (Akwesasne) moved down from the A level. Mike Triolo is a big (6’8”, 215 pounds) jack of all trades for Brooklin who can open space for teammates, takes faceoffs or play some defence and he also has a nice straight overhand shot.Jacob Ruest has been a 2-point-per-game guy with Oakville last summer and Langley this year. His Thunder teammate Anthony Malcolm has 25 goals and 44 points as a WLA rookie.

There are a handful of lefty forwards who should go in Rounds 2 and 3, but the order they fall will depend largely on the eye of the beholder. Mike McDonald is highly talented but hasn’t played much high-level box lacrosse. Shayne Adams, Kyle Aquin and Jordan Durston all have their fans but none are locks to be able to play at the next level. John St. John has never been much of a system guy but he had a great final Jr A season with the Toronto Beaches, finishing fourth in the league in scoring and showing he won’t back down from anyone.

The real depth as you get into Rounds 2 and 3, though, comes out the back door. Brad Gillies is a worker bee with some speed and stick skill for the Oakville Rock. Thomas Hoggarth and Bryce Sweeting are a righty-lefty combo from the Peterborough Jr Lakers who both bring size, toughness and…

Click here to find the full 2015 NLL Mock Draft 1.0 by Stephen Stamp on Inside Lacrosse via IL Indoor.

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