By Paul Ryan | 1/9/14 12:30 PM
After looking at the first round of the 2013 MLL Draft yesterday, we decided to take a look at the best of the rest from that draft. These are guys taken in rounds two through eight that we thought made a considerable impact in their first professional season.
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#11 Logan Schuss – Attack – selected by the Ohio Machine – Ohio State
Schuss proved to be one of the best picks from the 2013 draft, as the rookie out of Ohio State exploded onto the scene. Schuss scored three goals or more in six of the 11 games he played and finished with 35 points on the season. His 28 goals led all rookies, while his 35 points put him sixth all-time in points by a rookie.
#12 Marcus Holman – Attack – selected by the Ohio Machine – North Carolina
Not bad for back-to-back picks, eh? The Machine front office gets an A+ for their outstanding second round in last year’s draft. Holman recorded 20 points on the year, averaging exactly 2 points per game. His goal and three assists in a Week 13 matchup with Boston helped give Ohio their second win of the year.
#14 Will Manny – Attack – selected by the Boston Cannons – UMASS
Manny seemed to get stronger as the season went on. The Massapequa, N.Y., native scored 18 goals on the year, including seven in his final two games. He recorded a goal in all but one contest and finished tied for 23rd in the league with 30 points. His five-point game on July 6 helped the Cannons beat the Charlotte Hounds, 17-14.
#17 John Ranagan – Midfield – selected by the Rochester Rattlers – Johns Hopkins
Ranagan was a scoring machine for the Rattlers this past season. After being held scoreless in his first game, he registered a hat trick in the next three, including a four-goal game against Hamilton on June 22. His strong play was highlighted by a trip to the MLL All-Star Game. Ranagan finished with 18 goals on the year, tying him with Manny for 23rd in the league.
#21 Garrett Thul – Attack – selected by the Hamilton Nationals – Army
Thul only played six games in 2013, but he made a large impact in the game he did play. In his first-ever professional contest, Thul recorded a hat trick against the best defense in the league in Denver. Then in Week 12, Thul put on an offensive show, scoring five goals and adding an assist in a 16-11 win against Boston. Thul earned Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts.
#27 Mason Poli - Defense – selected by the Charlotte Hounds – Bryant
Poli shored up a defense that gave up the second most goals last season and started off 1-3 before he reached the team. Upon his arrival, Poli went on to finish with 6 goals and 11 points, both highs for defensemen on the season. He is just the third player ever to be drafted out of Bryant University, joining Andrew Hennessey (2010) and Zach Greer (2009) as the only Bulldogs draftees.
#29 Eric Law -- Attack – selected by the Denver Outlaws – Denver
Law would’ve likely won Cascade Rookie of the Year any other year, but 2012 1st overall pick Rob Pannell claimed that honor. Law’s 34 points put him in 16th for scoring this year, despite playing in just nine games. His unreal .632 shooting percentage is the highest all-time for a player with 20 or more goals. If that wasn’t enough, his nine-goal playoff performance against Charlotte shattered the all-time record for goals in a playoff game, set 12 years ago by the legendary Paul Gait.
#34 Mike Poppleton – Faceoff – selected by the Hamilton Nationals – Johns Hopkins
It’s not easy being a young faceoff man in the MLL, but Poppleton proved he was more than ready for the challenge. Poppleton went 123-246 in the faceoff “x” last year, which translates to exactly 50%. Poppleton got even better in the playoffs, going 16-28 against the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
#37 JoJo Marasco – Midfield – selected by the New York Lizards – Syracuse
Much like Manny, Marasco seemed to only get better as the season progressed. After being held scoreless in his first six games, Marasco netted back-to-back hat tricks in his final two games. For his three goals and two assists in Week 14, Marasco was named Cascade Rookie of the Week.
#42 Jake Tripucka -- Midfield – selected by the Hamilton Nationals – Duke
Tripucka’s collegiate numbers were fairly underwhelming before the 2013 draft: 24 goals, 23 assists in 56 games. However, Tripucka exploded his senior year, captaining the Blue Devils to their second National Championship in his time there. Prior to the season, the Nationals traded Tripucka to the Hounds, who fit in right away. The Boonton, N.J. native scored 10 goals in just eight regular season games and added two more in the playoffs.