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NLL Entry Draft 2021 FAQ’s

Credit: John E. Sokolowski

  • When is the 2021 NLL Entry Draft?

    The 2021 NLL Entry Draft will be held on Saturday, August 28 starting at 7pm ET

  • Where is the Entry Draft being held?

    Announced on August 20, the 2021 NLL Entry Draft will be held virtually as was the case for the 2020 Entry Draft.

  • Where can I watch the Entry Draft?

    The first two rounds of the Entry Draft will be streamed on TSN.ca and the TSN app in Canada as well as on the NLL Facebook and YouTube channels. The remaining rounds will be updated live via NLL social media accounts and website.

  • What is the order of the Entry Draft

    The order of picks will go as follows for the 6 rounds:

    1. Panther City Lacrosse Club
    2. New York
    3. Rochester
    4. Vancouver
    5. San Diego
    6. Calgary
    7. Colorado
    8. Philadelphia
    9. Georgia
    10. Buffalo
    11. Toronto
    12. Halifax
    13. Saskatchewan
    14. Albany

    The order for all six rounds due to trades and compensation picks will be as follows:

    Round 1

    1. Panther City 
    2. Georgia (from NY)
    3. Buffalo (from ROC)
    4. Vancouver
    5. San Diego
    6. Calgary
    7. Saskatchewan (from COL)
    8. Saskatchewan (from PHI)
    9. Georgia
    10. Philadelphia (from BUF)
    11. Panther City (from TOR via GA)
    12. Halifax
    13. Buffalo (from SSK)
    14. Buffalo (from ALB)
    15. Calgary (from PC)
    16. Albany (compensatory selection)

    Round 2

    1. (17) Panther City
    2. (18) Halifax (from NY)
    3. (19) Rochester
    4. (20) Colorado (from VAN)
    5. (21) New York (from SD via CAL via GA)
    6. (22) Calgary
    7. (23) San Diego (from COL via NY)
    8. (24) Georgia (from PHI)
    9. (25) Georgia
    10. (26) Buffalo
    11. (27) Panther City (from TOR)
    12. (28) Halifax
    13. (29) Saskatchewan
    14. (30) Georgia (from ALB)
    15. (31) Panther City
    16. (32) Georgia (compensatory)

    Round 3

    1. (33) Panther City
    2. (34) New York
    3. (35) Rochester
    4. (36) Vancouver
    5. (37) Georgia (from SD via ALB)
    6. (38) Calgary
    7. (39) Halifax (from COL)
    8. (40) Philadelphia
    9. (41) Georgia
    10. (42) Georgia (from BUF)
    11. (43) Saskatchewan (from TOR)
    12. (44) Colorado (from HFX)
    13. (45) Saskatchewan
    14. (46) Vancouver (from ALB)
    15. (47) San Diego (compensatory)

    Round 4

    1. (48) Panther City
    2. (49) Philadelphia (from NY)
    3. (50) Rochester
    4. (51) Vancouver
    5. (52) San Diego
    6. (53) Calgary
    7. (54) Colorado
    8. (55) Philadelphia
    9. (56) Georgia
    10. (57) Buffalo
    11. (58) Toronto
    12. (59) Halifax
    13. (60) Saskatchewan
    14. (61) Albany
    15. (62) Buffalo (compensatory)

    Round 5

    1. (63) Panther City
    2. (64) San Diego (from NY)
    3. (65) New York (from ROC)
    4. (66) Vancouver
    5. (67) San Diego
    6. (68) Calgary
    7. (69) Colorado
    8. (70) Philadelphia
    9. (71) Georgia
    10. (72) Buffalo
    11. (73) Toronto
    12. (74) Halifax
    13. (75) Saskatchewan
    14. (76) Albany

    Round 6

    1. (77) Panther City
    2. (78) New York
    3. (79) New York (from ROC)
    4. (80) Vancouver
    5. (81) San Diego
    6. (82) Calgary
    7. (83) Colorado
    8. (84) Philadelphia
    9. (85) Georgia
    10. (86) Buffalo
    11. (87) Toronto
    12. (88) Halifax
    13. (89) Saskatchewan
    14. (90) Albany

     

  • Who is eligible for the draft?

    Eligibility Requirements for Players for the NLL Entry Draft

    1. Any player who attains the age of 21 during the draft year who has never participated in a US NCAA or NJCAA collegiate varsity lacrosse program is eligible to be selected in the Entry Draft. For the purposes of this By-law, a player shall be considered to be 21 years of age should he attain 21 years of age during the same calendar year as the draft.2.  Any player who has participated in a US NCAA or NJCAA collegiate varsity lacrosse program and has exhausted his NCAA collegiate varsity lacrosse eligibility (“NCAA eligibility”), or has forfeited his NCAA eligibility and has notified the League in writing, is eligible to be selected in the Entry Draft.
      • For the 2021, 2022, and 2023 NLL Entry Drafts, any player who has participated in a US NCAA or NJCAA collegiate varsity lacrosse program and has exhausted four (4) seasons of NCAA eligibility shall be eligible for the Entry Draft.
      • For the 2021 NLL Entry Draft, any player who: 1. has participated in a US NCAA or NJCAA collegiate varsity lacrosse program and has exhausted three (3) seasons of NCAA eligibility; and 2. was enrolled in an IvyLeague institution and was eligible to play NCAA lacrosse as of February 18, 2021, shall be eligible for the Entry Draft.
      • If a player who has exhausted four (4) seasons of NCAA eligibility is selected in the 2021, 2022, or 2023 Entry Draft and subsequently participates in a NCAA or NJCAA varsity lacrosse program, thereby exhausting his fifth season of NCAA eligibility, the Member Club that selected the player shall maintain the rights to the player under the terms of Article 20(B)(b) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
    1. Any player less than 21 years of age who notifies the league in writing of his intention to forfeit his remaining NCAA eligibility at least seven (7) daysprior to the Entry Draft is eligible to be selected in the Entry Draft.
    2. Except for the players who meet the criteria of By-law II(D)(2)(b) above, any player participating in any Canadian Junior Lacrosse League who subsequently attends a US college and participates in a NCAA or NJCAA varsity lacrosse program after being selected in the Entry Draft will be re-entered into the Entry Draft upon exhausting or forfeiting his NCAA eligibility. The Member Club that originally selected the player will lose the rights to the player upon the player’s participation in a NCAA or NJCAA varsity lacrosse program.
    3. Any player less than 21 years of age cannot be declared a free agent without being drafted.  Any such undrafted player will automatically be re-entered in each subsequent Entry Draft until he is drafted or is undrafted after attaining the age of 21.
    4. “Player” as used herein shall mean any lacrosse player participating in a Canadian Junior Lacrosse league, NCAA or NJCAA US collegiate varsity lacrosse program, or any other player known to the league to be of draft quality.
    5.  The League will attempt to compose and distribute a list of draft-eligible players.
    6. Should a Member Club select a player who is not eligible for the Entry Draft, the selection shall be voided.

    Players interested in determining their NLL Draft eligibility and/or playing status may fill out the form below

    DRAFT INTEREST

    • MM slash DD slash YYYY

  • As a draft prospect who still has NCAA eligibility, when do I need to renounce any further eligibility?

    Any player less than 21 years of age must notify the league in writing of his intention to forfeit his remaining NCAA eligibility at least seven (7) days prior to the Entry Draft to be eligible to be selected in the Entry Draft. For the 2021 Entry Draft, the submissions must be in by August 21, 2021

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