The MLL has a collegiate draft every year where the top college players get picked up by teams mid-season and its great to see kids fresh out of college playing in the Pros right away but there is a second draft that the MLL holds and it is of the supplemental variety.
Players who have taken some time off from the game or been dropped by other teams during the previous year are picked up at a crazy pace and then have to go through the arduous task of actually making the team during tryouts.
Quint Kessenich tweeted “MLL Supplemental Draft today – there are always gems within the scrap heap.” Patently ridiculous statement to imply that the guys that were eligible resemble a scrap heap in anyway but it was just metaphor so we’ll let it go now.
Some of the gems Quint was talking about were all 3 Powell brothers, A TON of Canadian stars, and some provenplayers like Josh Sims, Brett Moyer, Brendan Skakandi, Tommy Davis and Pat Heim… just to name a few.
Chicago did well by adding on some guys that could definitely play for the Machine right away. I was the least impressed (by far and away) with Washington’s picks. They picked up some decent scorers but no real game changers and that team simply needs more to compete next year, although picking up Joe Cinosky in a recent trade won’t hurt their D. Boston picked up Pat Heim and two of my favorite D3 players, Glenn Adams and Mike Stone of Wesleyan and Middlebury, respectively. Toronto drafted Canadians. The Nationals team next year will basically be… the Canadian National Team.
The Canadian team and the US team are pretty close but what impressed most about the depth of US lax is that there are FIVE teams made up of US players and ONE team of Canadians yet the games are pretty even. The biggest benefit for the Nationals will be that these guys play together much more than any of the team located in the US.
For full results, check out the list below and in the comments you can call out who you think will have the biggest impacts next summer. No Mikey Powell at LXM and now no Mikey at the MLL… seems like he’s really done with lax and taking this Polite Rebel music thing seriously… glad to see someone is! Just kidding, Mikey. We’re glad to see that you’re pursuing your dreams and are happy… we just miss watching you burn everyone and do flips against UMass.
About the Author: After helping to start the program at Weston HS in Massachusetts, Connor Wilson went on to play at Wesleyan University. Post-graduation, Wilson stayed on and coached at Wesleyan for 2 years. He also played in Australia and the American Lacrosse League for teams in CT and MA. Currently Wilson plays for the Southampton Lacrosse Club in NYC and enjoys dyeing lacrosse sticks, eating breakfast sandwiches and having a really pretentious bio on LAS.