By MLL Communications | 1/9/13 11:00 AM
Only three more 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 the last two and Evan's first round mock draft.
New York Lizards – 2012 record: 8-6 1st round selection: No. 5 Total selections: six
Evan Says: ”If you look through this roster it is really healthy and talented and I think the biggest thing they need is leadership and chemistry, which is not something you would necessarily address in the dratf. If you look at the draft though I think that defense is something they need to focus on. They picked Jack Reid up in the supplemental draft; he is a very physical guy who can add to this defense. Other than Brian Karalunas and Kevin Ridgway who seems a little too quiet in my mind to have the role of a close defenseman, I think the Lizards could add to its defensive group. They need to find the right guy and there are some good defensemen in this draft class so they should use their fifth pick to get one. Their second priority should be offensive midfield. They have Max Seibald, Stephen Peyser, Colin Briggs and Will Mangan, four really good players but they should try and get a guy who can break down defenders and add depth to that position. They also need a number two faceoff player. Greg Gurenlian had an unbelievable season but he is getting older and it would be nice to have a guy who can compete with him week in and week out and be able to step in, in case of injury.”
Boston Cannons – 2012 record: 9-5 1st round selection: No. 6 Total selections: eight
Evan says: “This is probably the most important draft in recent years for the Cannons and they need to be smart with their seven picks. Their first priority should be at defense; Kyle Sweeney and Mitch Belisle are really good and can lock down guys, but they need to add a guy they can count on and who can add depth to their defense. Although I feel they should use more selections to bolster their defense I believe they should use their first pick to go after an attackman. One of Boston’s problems last season was that beyond Paul Rabil, they did not have anyone else who could consistently break down defenders as an attackman. They did have some in the midfielders like Bill McGlone, Kip Smith, Mike Stone, who showed their ability to dodge but other than Ryan Boyle, who could break down defenders on-on-one at times, they really didn’t have anyone to back Rabil up. They need to draft an attackman with their sixth pick, who can step in right away and be consistent at going at guys.”