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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
FINAL
Philadelphia
8
Halifax
18
Q1
09:29
Vancouver
0
Toronto
4
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
San Diego
New York
Sat, Dec 3
19:30:00
Albany
Buffalo
Sat, Dec 3
20:00:00
Rochester
Georgia
Sat, Dec 3
20:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
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
Vancouver
San Diego
Sun, Jan 8
0:00:00
Calgary
Colorado
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
Fri, Mar 3
21:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sat, Mar 4
11:30:00
New York
Philadelphia
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
San Diego
Las Vegas
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
Las Vegas
Calgary
Fri, Apr 14
21:00:00
San Diego
Colorado
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Toronto
Sat, Apr 15
19:00:00
Georgia
Albany
Sat, Apr 15
19:30:00
New York
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 15
21:30:00
Halifax
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 15
22:00:00
Panther City
Vancouver
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
20:30:00
Calgary
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
18:00:00
New York
Halifax
Sat, Apr 22
19:00:00
Georgia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 22
20:00:00
Toronto
Buffalo
Sat, Apr 22
21:30:00
Colorado
Saskatchewan
Sat, Apr 22
22:00:00
Las Vegas
San Diego
Sun, Apr 23
15:00:00
Philadelphia
Albany
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Philadelphia
Rochester
Sat, Apr 29
19:00:00
Buffalo
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
Vancouver
Sat, Apr 29
22:30:00
Saskatchewan
Las Vegas
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Draft

League’s Virtual Draft Selection Show Provides Familiar Excitement and Intrigue

A historic night brought the NLL into the future with its first virtual Draft Selection Show leading into the league’s 35th season

It didn’t look the same, it didn’t sound the same, draft day negotiations were held in an atypical fashion, but the 2020 NLL Entry Draft provided the familiar sense of excitement, surprise, and intrigue that we are have grown accustomed to over the years.

Following the expected 1st overall selection of Jeff Teat going to the New York Riptide, the draft was filled with storylines including significant trades, players dropping below expectations, teams leaving undeniable footprints of their strategy, and Americans becoming ever-more present box prospects.

With one of the earliest draft day trades in league history, the Vancouver Warriors wasted no time asserting themselves by trading their 3rd pick to the Rochester Knighthawks to grab the 2nd pick. This was done to capture Reid Bowering, a multi-talented, imposing defenseman, who will likely bolster the team’s back-end for years to come. It appeared, unsurprisingly, that many teams were eager to get their hands on an impeccable specimen like Bowering, which pushed the Warriors to make their move.

“We are excited to draft Reid today,” Warriors GM Dan Richardson said. “Reid is a generational-talent on defense and is one of those hybrid players that can excel at both ends of the floor.  We cannot wait for Reid to join our franchise and have an immediate impact on our team and the NLL.”

Interestingly, Bowering is also one of many draftees heading back to university for the final year of NCAA-eligibility after the COVID-19 virus canceled the 2020 collegiate season. In fact, all of the Top-5 draft picks (and most of the 1st round) will be headed back to campus this coming spring semester if the season is not canceled again. That means highly touted future NLL stars such as Teat, Ryan Smith, Tre Leclair, Tanner Cook, and Jeff Henrick won’t be trading in their school colors for NLL uniforms in the 2021-2022 season.

In the case of players like Henrick, he fell further than many of the draft experts expected. Hernick’s drop as well as many of the night’s pick were likely influenced by the Bowering trade. The upcoming college season can be used to prove to teams that they made a grave mistake. Other noticeable drop-offs include Jordan Stouros, who fell to the middle of the 2nd round – he was projected by many to be picked in the late 1st round –  and the athletic, 6’6” mountain of a man, Ty Thompson, who also fell to the middle of the 2nd round despite being considered by many to be a first-round selection.

But no player fell as far as Penn State University’s Grant Ament. Ament was eventually grabbed by the New England Black Wolves with the 65th pick of the draft, but not before his college teammates Mac O’Keefe and Dylan Foulds were chosen by the San Diego Seals and Philadelphia Wings, respectively, much earlier in the night. Ament was widely believed to go in the 2nd round of the draft. To see him fall to late in the 4th round raised a few eyebrows. However, if Ament is fully committed to a full-time career in the NLL after he has finished his time at PSU, he has the skillset to become an elite talent, making him one of the biggest steals in this draft.

“We were focusing on offense in this draft,” Black Wolves Head Coach and GM said. We think Ament and Michael Sowers have a very high skill set that can translate to the NLL game.”

Other moves that turned some heads were initiated by Rochester Knighthawks. This was due to sheer boldness. The Knighthawks finished the night having made five trades.  The swapping involved everything from 2020 draft picks, players, and future picks. Sitting at 2-10 when the league came to an abrupt halt, GM Dan Carey understood the team needed a makeover. One of the most notable trades they made was the acquisition of the Buffalo Bandits Matt Gilray in exchange for the 19th overall selection, a 2021 1st round pick and a 2023 2nd round pick. Stealing away a former divisional foe will hopefully help to turn the tide in the Knighthawks favor.

“We had some needs we wanted to address,” Knighthawks GM Dan Carey said. “We felt the players we were fortunate enough to acquire were a great fit for us and what we wanted to accomplish coming out of the draft.”

While the Knighthawks were looking to shake things up, teams like the Seals and Halifax Thunderbirds set about fulfilling their teams’ needs. In the 1st round, the Seals didn’t mess around, quickly grabbing dynamic, athletic offensive playmakers and scorers like The Ohio State University-product Tre Leclair and Penn State’s Mac O’Keefe. Even though both will be returning to school, they will be an instant headache for defenses when they finally break into the NLL.

As for the Thunderbirds, they shored their back-end up by drafting the intimidating and scrappy Ethan Riggs, trading for veteran Roughnecks defenceman Tyson Bell and taking one of the fastest players in this year’s draft, transition player Ethan Ticehurst.

We were trying to shore up our defense with young talented defenders,” Thunderbirds Head Coach Mike Accursi said. “We did that tonight. Riggs, Bell, Ryan Terefenko, and Owen Friesen are all fantastic young, big defenders that will solidify our defense’s strength for years to come.”

One of the biggest takeaways from the night became clearer as fewer men were left to be chosen: Americans are quickly becoming a larger segment of the NLL community. A game that has long been marshaled by the Iroquois and Canadians; US players are no longer an outlier. In this year’s draft, high-profile Americans included O’Keefe, Michael Sowers, Charlie Kitchen, and Byran Costabile, and had a handful of other capable talents from coast to coast. USBOXLA continues to spread the game across America while Canadian players do their part by showing off box skills when they come to the states to play the field game. The ever-growing U.S. box participation is direct proof that the game is rapidly growing in untraditional markets.

There are many storylines to be taken from this memorable night. Every team spent weeks preparing for draft day and sweated through each pick to better each of their teams. This draft will be remembered for numerous reasons, from the virtual production to the surprising picks – a few of which have been covered –  as is the case every year, the real impact of what occurred at the 2020 NLL Entry Draft will be seen in the months, years, and even decades ahead. That, after all, is the beauty of the draft.

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