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With the PLL and MLL merging, we know an expansion draft is coming. These are projected protections for all seven current teams.
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PLL Expansion Draft 2021 Protections Projections

Last week, Premier League Lacrosse and Major League Lacrosse merged, turning the Boston Cannons into Cannons Lacrosse Club as the eighth PLL outfit and casting tons of questions around the professional field lacrosse world.

There is plenty of dust to settle before the PLL can start its first season as the sole face of pro field lacrosse. An expansion draft has already been declared for 2021, and a plan is coming for how now-former MLL players can enter the PLL. How the PLL looked in 2020 is very different from how it will look in 2021 and beyond.

All this week, we will release our five-part series predicting how it will all shake out, from expansion protections to a mock merger draft and more. It’s every lacrosse’s nerd big opportunity – let’s play GM.

PLL Expansion Draft 2021 – Projected Protections

In the previous expansion draft, teams were allowed to protect 11 players each. We’re going to keep those rules for the sake of argument, but keep in mind, it’s possible that number could be different this time around. But we’re not included in any board room discussions, so 11 is the best we have to go on right now. So, let’s blindly charge forward and predict the future.

First step, the protected roster for each of the current seven PLL sides.

Archers LC

Protected Players

Attack – Ryan Ambler, Grant Ament, Marcus Holman, Will Manny

Defense – Eli Gobrecht, Matt McMahon

Goalie – Adam Ghitelman

Long Stick Midfield – Scott Ratliff

Midfield – Dominique Alexander, Christian Mazzone, Tom Schreiber

Unprotected Players

Drew Adams, Curtis Corley, Josh Currier, Brendan Fowler, Stephen Kelly, Ian MacKay, Mark McNeill, Tyler Pfister, Jack Rapine, Joey Sankey, Mike Simon

Atlas LC

Protected Players

Attack – Ryan Brown, Eric Law, Rob Pannell

Defense – Tyler Durkin, Cade van Raaphorst

Face-off – Trevor Baptiste

Goalie – Jack Concannon

Midfield – Connor Buczek, Bryan Costabile, Romar Dennis, Paul Rabil

Unprotected Players

Craig Chick, Chris Cloutier, John Crawley, Kyle Hartzell, Austin Pifani, Jake Richard, Callum Robinson, Scott Rodgers, Jeremy Thompson, Joel Tinney, Kevin Unterstein

Chaos LC

Photo: Premier Lacrosse League

Protected Players

Attack – Josh Byrne, Curtis Dickson, Austin Staats

Defense – Tyson Bell, Jarrod Neumann, Jack Rowlett

Goalie – Blaze Riorden

Midfield – Deemer Class, Jake Froccaro, Sergio Salcido, Dhane Smith

Unprotected Players

Dan Coates, Connor Fields, Mark Glinci, Thomas Kelly, Jason Noble, Troy Reh, Patrick Resch, Eric Scott, Miles Thompson, Matt Rees

Chrome LC

Protected Players

Attack – Matt Gaudet, Justin Guterding, Jordan Wolf

Defense – Jesse Bernhardt, Reece Eddy

Face-off – Connor Farrell

Goalie – John Galloway

Midfield – Ned Crotty, Will Haus, Jordan MacIntosh, John Ranagan

Unprotected Players

James Barclay, Sam Duggan, Hunter Forbes, Brendan Kavanagh, Michael Manley, Donny Moss, Jake Pulver, Brett Queener, Eli Salama, Justin Turri

Redwoods LC

Protected Players

Attack – Ryder Garnsey, Jules Heningburg, Matt Kavanagh

Defense – Garrett Epple, Eddy Glazener

Goalie – Tim Troutner

Midfield – Brent Adams, Pat Harbeson, Myles Jones, Jack Near, Sergio Perkovic

Unprotected Players

Hugh Crance, Tyler Dunn, Brendan Gleason, Kyle Harrison, Nick Ossello, Clarke Petterson, Greg Puskuldjian, John Sexton, Peyton Smith, Finn Sullivan, Gunnar Waldt, Joe Walters

Waterdogs LC

Waterdogs PLL Premier Lacrosse League PLL Championship Series first win
Photo: Premier Lacrosse League

Protected Players

Attack – Kieran McArdle, Christian Cuccinello, Ryan Drenner

Defense – BJ Grill, Brodie Merrill

Face-off – Jake Withers

Long Stick Midfield – Ryland Rees

Midfield – Zach Currier, Connor Kelly, Ben McIntosh, Drew Snider

Unprotected Players

Wes Berg, Charlie Cipriano, Matt DeLuca, Steven DeNapoli, Dan Eipp, Patrick Foley, Kyle McClancey, Ben Reeves, Noah Richard, Chris Sabia, Drew Simoneau

Whipsnakes LC

Whipsnakes Outlast Redwoods in OT, Flawless Run to Finals
Photo: Premier Lacrosse League

Protected Players

Attack – Matt Rambo, Zed Williams

Defense – Matt Dunn

Face-off – Joe Nardella

Goalie – Kyle Bernlohr, Bryce Young

Long Stick Midfield – Michael Ehrhardt

Midfield – Jake Bernhardt, Mike Chanenchuk, John Haus, Ty Warner

Unprotected Players

Jay Carlson, TJ Comizio, Joseph McCallion, Tim Muller, Isaac Paparo, Brett Schmidt, Jeremy Sieverts, Brad Smith, Jacob Stover, Max Tuttle

PLL-MLL Merger Series

Monday – Protected Players

Tuesday – Cannons LC Expansion Draft

Wednesday – Top Ex-MLL Players Available, Part 1

Thursday – Top Ex-MLL Players Available, Part 2

Friday – PLL Mock Merger Draft

Did we get our protections right? Who are some of the best available players for Cannons LC in our mock expansion draft? Chime in on Twitter and Instagram!