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2018-19 NLL Rookie Watch

Philadelphia was the scene back in September as a fresh crop of exciting new prospects were drafted into the National Lacrosse League. Fast forward to Week 6 of this season and I wanted to check in on how these potential future stars were making out against the world’s top established lacrosse talent.


As a refresher:



1. San Diego – Austin Staats
2. Philadelphia – Chris Cloutier
3. Buffalo (from Vancouver) – Matt Gilray
4. Buffalo – Ian MacKay
5. Saskatchewan (from Toronto) – Connor Robinson
6. Calgary – Shane Simpson
7. *Georgia (from New England via Calgary) – Brendan Bomberry
8. Georgia – Adam Wiedemann
9. Rochester (from Colorado) – James Barclay
10. San Diego (from Rochester via Saskatchewan) – Connor Fields
11. San Diego (from Saskatchewan) – Connor Kearnan
12. Calgary (compensatory selection) – Eli Salama
13. Calgary (compensatory selection) – Reece Callies

Complete entry draft results: https://bit.ly/2TJMSzg


IL Indoor’s lacrosse prospect specialist Stephen Stamp joined me to discuss the progress of the above first round picks, as well as a few rookie surprises.






The inaugural campaign for these former junior and collegiate stars is far from over. I’ll be reporting back on the draft class as 2019 carries on.


Andy McNamara has been a play-by-play commentator for the NLL on TSN, NLLTV.com, and world lacrosse tournaments since 2011. He’s also a sport talk host and anchor on TSN 1050 sports radio. Follow Andy on twitter @AndyMc81.