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WK
1
Fri, Dec 2
6:00 pm ET
Wings
Thunderbirds
Sat, Dec 3
5:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rock
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Bandits
Sat, Dec 3
7:30 pm ET
Seals
Riptide
Sat, Dec 3
8:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
Sat, Dec 3
8:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
WK
2
Fri, Dec 9
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Fri, Dec 9
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Sat, Dec 10
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Knighthawks
Sat, Dec 10
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Roughnecks
WK
3
Fri, Dec 16
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Fri, Dec 16
10:30 pm ET
Panther City
Desert Dogs
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Swarm
Sat, Dec 17
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
FireWolves
Sat, Dec 17
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Riptide
Sat, Dec 17
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
WK
5
Fri, Dec 30
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Dec 30
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Dec 31
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Rush
WK
6
Fri, Jan 6
10:30 pm ET
Wings
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Swarm
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Knighthawks
Sat, Jan 7
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
FireWolves
Sat, Jan 7
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Riptide
Sat, Jan 7
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 7
10:00 pm ET
Warriors
Seals
WK
7
Fri, Jan 13
6:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 13
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rock
Sat, Jan 14
7:00 pm ET
Panther City
Wings
Sat, Jan 14
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Bandits
Sat, Jan 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 14
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Warriors
Sun, Jan 15
3:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Riptide
WK
8
Fri, Jan 20
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Knighthawks
Fri, Jan 20
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
Sat, Jan 21
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
FireWolves
WK
9
Fri, Jan 27
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Thunderbirds
Fri, Jan 27
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Wings
Sat, Jan 28
7:30 pm ET
Bandits
Riptide
Sat, Jan 28
8:30 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Rush
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Rock
Roughnecks
Sat, Jan 28
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Jan 28
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
10
Fri, Feb 3
9:00 pm ET
Swarm
Mammoth
Sat, Feb 4
6:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Thunderbirds
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Rock
Sat, Feb 4
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Wings
Sat, Feb 4
7:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Bandits
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Seals
Sat, Feb 4
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Warriors
Sat, Feb 4
10:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Desert Dogs
WK
11
Fri, Feb 10
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Swarm
Fri, Feb 10
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Sat, Feb 11
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 11
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Feb 11
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Panther City
Sat, Feb 11
9:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Roughnecks
WK
12
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Rush
Seals
Fri, Feb 17
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Warriors
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Rock
Sat, Feb 18
7:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
FireWolves
Sat, Feb 18
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Bandits
Sat, Feb 18
8:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Panther City
Sun, Feb 19
1:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
WK
13
Fri, Feb 24
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Mammoth
Fri, Feb 24
10:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Desert Dogs
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Swarm
Sat, Feb 25
7:00 pm ET
Riptide
Knighthawks
Sat, Feb 25
8:00 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
WK
14
Fri, Mar 3
6:30 pm ET
Bandits
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 4
11:30 am ET
Riptide
Wings
Sat, Mar 4
4:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Rock
Sat, Mar 4
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 4
8:00 pm ET
Rush
Panther City
Mon, Mar 6
7:00 pm ET
Rock
Wings
WK
15
Fri, Mar 10
7:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Bandits
Fri, Mar 10
9:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Mammoth
Sat, Mar 11
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Rock
Sat, Mar 11
7:30 pm ET
Wings
Riptide
Sat, Mar 11
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Rush
Sat, Mar 11
10:30 pm ET
Warriors
Desert Dogs
Sun, Mar 12
4:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Swarm
WK
16
Fri, Mar 17
9:00 pm ET
Rush
Roughnecks
Fri, Mar 17
10:00 pm ET
Seals
Warriors
Sat, Mar 18
11:00 am ET
Swarm
Wings
Sat, Mar 18
6:00 pm ET
Rock
Thunderbirds
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Bandits
Sat, Mar 18
7:30 pm ET
FireWolves
Riptide
Sat, Mar 18
8:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Panther City
Sun, Mar 19
3:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
WK
17
Fri, Mar 24
8:30 pm ET
Seals
Panther City
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Wings
Sat, Mar 25
7:00 pm ET
Rock
FireWolves
Sat, Mar 25
7:30 pm ET
Swarm
Riptide
Sat, Mar 25
9:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Rush
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Bandits
Seals
Sat, Mar 25
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Warriors
Sat, Mar 25
10:30 pm ET
Knighthawks
Desert Dogs
WK
18
Fri, Mar 31
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Swarm
Fri, Mar 31
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Mammoth
Fri, Mar 31
10:00 pm ET
Roughnecks
Seals
Sat, Apr 1
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
Rock
Sat, Apr 1
8:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Panther City
Sat, Apr 1
9:30 pm ET
Warriors
Rush
Sun, Apr 2
1:00 pm ET
Swarm
Thunderbirds
Sun, Apr 2
6:00 pm ET
Knighthawks
Wings
WK
19
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
Rush
Swarm
Sat, Apr 8
7:00 pm ET
FireWolves
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Panther City
Roughnecks
Sat, Apr 8
9:00 pm ET
Warriors
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 8
10:30 pm ET
Seals
Desert Dogs
WK
20
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Roughnecks
Fri, Apr 14
9:00 pm ET
Seals
Mammoth
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Rock
Sat, Apr 15
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 15
7:30 pm ET
Riptide
Bandits
Sat, Apr 15
9:30 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Rush
Sat, Apr 15
10:00 pm ET
Panther City
Warriors
WK
21
Fri, Apr 21
8:30 pm ET
Roughnecks
Panther City
Sat, Apr 22
6:00 pm ET
Riptide
Thunderbirds
Sat, Apr 22
7:00 pm ET
Swarm
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 22
7:30 pm ET
Rock
Bandits
Sat, Apr 22
9:30 pm ET
Mammoth
Rush
Sat, Apr 22
10:00 pm ET
Desert Dogs
Seals
Sun, Apr 23
3:00 pm ET
Wings
FireWolves
WK
22
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Thunderbirds
Swarm
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Wings
Knighthawks
Sat, Apr 29
7:00 pm ET
Bandits
FireWolves
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Mammoth
Seals
Sat, Apr 29
10:00 pm ET
Riptide
Warriors
Sat, Apr 29
10:30 pm ET
Rush
Desert Dogs
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2021 Entry Draft Preview: April Edition

It’s never too early to look at the NLL draft. Last year’s draft welcomed dozens of excellent junior and college players who didn’t get an opportunity to compete in the league as it continued its pause due to Covid, so there will be two rookie batches competing for roster spots this season.

That’s a unique challenge for general managers and coaches preparing for the start of the season in early December, even with an expansion team in Panther City taking on some of the load.

It will wind up one of the most competitive training camps ever in the league, with plenty of top talent eligible for the 2021 draft. There are lots of considerations the Competition Committee has to determine in terms of roster sizes, protected lists and contract statuses ahead of the 2021 Entry Draft expected in September

Here’s a look at how we might see the first round shake out. We don’t know the order, but we do know who controls what draft picks, listed below:

Calgary

Georgia

Georgia (from New York)

Georgia (from Toronto)

Halifax

Panther City

Philadelphia (from Buffalo)*

Philadelphia (from Albany via Buffalo)*

Saskatchewan (from Philadelphia)

Rochester**

San Diego

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan (from Colorado)

Vancouver**

*Philadelphia receives the best pick of Buffalo’s own pick or acquired pick from Albany. Other pick reverts back to Buffalo.

**Buffalo will receive the best selection between Rochester and Vancouver.  Vancouver will receive the remaining pick. (Rochester traded their own pick in 2020 Entry Draft)

The order will be decided at a later date which will likely affect the value of some of these picks for teams with multiple first round picks (GA, PHI, and SSK) or teams looking to trade into the first round. Here’s 14 players whose names should be coming off the board in the first round, though.

Tehoka Nanticoke, Right-handed F, Six Nations Arrows Jr A / Albany Great Danes

Easily the most captivating player of the draft. Nanticoke, who recently left Albany’s team, has starred on the international stage for some time. He tallied five goals for the Iroquois Nationals at the WILC in 2019; he also had 57 points in his first season of junior. He’s as electric, marketable, and fun as anyone in lacrosse today.

Adam Charalambides, Left-handed F, Orangeville Northmen Jr A / Rutgers Scarlet Knights

Charalambides seems like he has been with Rutgers for a decade but it’s only been five years. He’s had the worst luck with injuries, hurting his knee twice and missing entire seasons. He’s turning 25 this year and hasn’t played consistent box since he was 20. Those are some red flags for certain, but the talent is unquestionable. Playing any sort of MSL, if it happens this summer, would be huge, but he’s talented enough to be a top 10 pick regardless.

Jonathan Donville, Right-handed F, Orangeville Northmen Jr A / Cornell Big Red

He scored 92 points in 20 playoff games. That’s not a typo. He had 48 goals in that run that led Orangeville to the Minto Cup in 2019. He was the top MSL draft pick to Brooklin in January, and any time there would obviously help, but he’s likely the prospect most equipped to step in and succeed right off the bat in the NLL.

Ryan Lanchbury, Right-handed F, Burlington Chiefs Jr A / Richmond Spiders

Lanchbury missed time in 2019 but before that had posted a career high 88 points. He’s seen his scoring totals jump every year he’s played. One of the most pure skill guys in the draft who also battles throughout possessions. He’s been scoring since he was 17 years old, and scouts say it seems like he improves every time he’s on the floor.

Jake Boudreau, Left-handed T, Brampton Excelsiors Jr A / Robert Morris Colonials

With 105 points over three seasons, Boudreau has proven time and time again he has the ability to produce offense, even when coming out the back door. He was the OLA Jr A’s transition player of the year in 2019, the last time he saw consistent action.

Patrick Shoemay, Right-handed D, New Westminster Salmonbellies Jr A / RIT Tigers

Shoemay is probably the strongest defender in the draft. He red-shirted a year at RIT or else he would have been a top prospect a year ago, too. Shoemay, the 2018 BCJALL defender of the year, has a big frame at 6-foot-4 and isn’t afraid to throw his body around. His knee injury that caused his shirt season though means he hasn’t played established box since 2018; with his skill, it may not matter.

Chris Fake, Right-handed D, Yale

Especially with the expansion teams in the states, and growing pool of players in the league, it feels like teams will continue to take more “risks” with American players who have a field lacrosse background. Fake was dominant with Yale, leading them defensively to a national title as a freshman. We saw New England (now Albany) convert a lot of field players into box, and Philadelphia has a history there as well.

Jack Hannah, Right-handed F, OCBLL Rivermen / Denver Pioneers

The Ohio native could be another part of the American box trend, especially with the OCBLL really getting their legs under them in recent years. One of the biggest progresses of box lacrosse will be the American box game taking off at a developmental level, and teams want to put that to the test as soon as they can. Hannah scored 39 goals in seven games — not a typo — in 2019. Seems like someone who could make that next push.

Jack Kelly, Right-handed F, Toronto Beaches Jr A / Penn State Nittany Lions

Kelly was the seventh overall pick in the 2020 MSL draft, but he’s another guy who’s been plagued by injuries. Kelly scored a career-high 55 points in 2017, though he also played some transition in Toronto. Working full time at forward at a higher level could boost his production.

Jake Foster, Right-handed F, Calgary Mountaineers Sr B / Maryville Red Rebels

2016 was a long time ago, but he posted 105 points in the RMLL back then. He also has senior experience, something lacking in this draft from last year’s seasons being canceled. Foster is 6-foot-2, and while his production dipped a bit since that 2016 season, his size and scoring ability makes him interesting.

Jerry Staats, Left-handed D, Six Nations Arrows / Syracuse Orange

A bronze medal winner with the Iroquois Nationals in the 2018 senior field lacrosse title, Staats plays a mature, tough defensive game. He’s been the Arrows leader for four seasons, and he earned a junior bronze in 2016 as well. He’s been successful everywhere he’s been and is rock solid.

Kealan Pilon, Left-handed F, St. Catharines Athletics Jr A / Queen’s Royals

Pilon led St. Catherine’s with 81 points in 2019, the last time he saw major action. He helped Canada to the gold medal in the 2019 World Juniors, too, totaling an astonishing 16 points over the first two games of the tournament. He has the potential to have huge offensive outbursts. 

Nathan Grenon, Left-handed F, Brampton Excelsiors Jr A / Mercyhurst Lakers

Grenon was just getting real consistent before no one could play last year. He was third on the Excelsiors junior squad in points a year ago and found a solid role there coming from Toronto.

Keagan White, Left-handed D, Saskatchewan SWAT Jr A

Saskatchewan has started to produce some talent and White might be the first left-handed defender off the board this year. He’s a consistent defender that, if he played in a different province, would likely be getting more hype. With the Rush right there they are an obvious fit, but White’s game is worth a look early no matter who the team.

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