By MLL Communications | 1/8/13 12:10 PM
Only four days until the 2013 MLL Collegiate Draft in Philadelphia. Evan Washburn gives us some insight on the needs of two more teams.
Don't forget to tune in to MLL's YouTube Channel to watch Evan as he joins Quint Kessenich in bringing you the draft live from the Philadelphia Marriott Center on Friday, January 11 at 8:30 p.m.
Check back tomorrow for two more as we count down to the draft.
Charlotte Hounds – 2012 Record: 5-9 1st round selection: No. 3 Total selections: eight
Evan says: “The expansion team showed some promise towards the end of last season. I think top priority should be a dominant offensive midfielder. Stephen Berger had a breakout year but he’s getting older and I think he’s better when he can play around other talented dodgers. They acquired [Peet] Poillon in the off season which I think was a good move. Jovan Miller I think is a more of a defensive midfielder who can be counted on to make some good plays offensively, but you can’t really count on him as an straight out offensive player. So other than Poillon and Berger, when I look at this roster, I don’t see any offensive-minded midfielders that I can count on to break down a short stick or a long stick on a regular basis. I also think they need some defensive depth. I don’t see a third defenseman on this team, Brett Schmidt can possibly be that guy, Dan DiMaria is a young player that can step in. [Ryan]Flanagan is a top-tier defenseman but beyond that I think they could add some depth in that area. I think their attack is pretty much set. I think Matt Danowski and Eric Lusby can play really well together and Busby is a good finisher. Whenever I talk to Coach Cerino he always says he needs more big athletes and I’m sure they will find some in the draft with their eight picks."
Rochester Rattlers – 2012 Record: 7-7 1st round selection: traded Total selections: eight
Editor's note: Rochester traded its natural fourth pick to Charlotte who subsequently traded it to Chesapeake
Evan Says: “I think Rochester needs a finisher. Ned Crotty is, in my opinion, the best attackman in the League when he’s healthy and at the top of his game, but the Rattlers need a player that can move well off ball. Kevin Leveille can do that at times and they traded for Max Quinzani’s rights but he didn’t play last season and I don’t see him making the move to Rochester given his heavy work commitments. They need a player of Qunzani’s caliber a smart guy that can move well off ball. They acquired Mark Millon in the supplemental draft and maybe he can be that finisher but they can address this in the draft as well and find another guy who can play with Crotty. The Rattlers also need a dominant, physical presence in the midfield. They have Matt Striebel and Rob Rotanz but they can add depth there. Their third priority should be a number two goalie. I think John Galloway cemented himself as a starter in this league but they have no backup of note on the roster and as the seasons usually go, with injuries, work commitments and travel, they need a guy who can step in and play. Lastly they need a faceoff guy, they picked up John Ortolani in the offseason, who made a big name for himself in Boston, he’s shown he can be a number one faceoff guy in this league but because of his limited experience they should try and acquire a guy that can compete with him late in the draft.”