Mammoth Adds Eight in NLL Entry Draft
The Colorado Mammoth added offensive firepower and defensive talent on Wednesday night at the 2011 NLL Entry Draft held in Toronto. With five of the first 16 picks and eight overall, the Mammoth continued its off-season of retooling its roster. Forward Adam Jones was selected third overall by Colorado.
“Adam is an extremely talented left-handed scorer with amazing creativity,” said Mammoth President & General Manager Steve Govett. “He’s a very intelligent player, and we’re ecstatic that Adam’s now a part of the Mammoth organization.”
The 5’11”, 175-pound Owen Sound, Ontario native won two Minto Cups with the Orangeville Northmen and was named the Championship’s Most Outstanding Player in 2009. The 22-year-old Canisius College alumnus also garnered tournament MVP and Top Midfielder honors for Team Canada at the 2008 ILF U-19 Men’s Lacrosse World Championships.
With the eighth-overall pick and the team’s second in round one, defenseman Dan Coates, a college teammate of Jones, was the first defenseman selected in the draft. The 24-year-old was a first-team all-conference performer at Canisius and was viewed by several experts as a first-round pick a year ago if he had entered the 2010 draft.
“Dan bolsters an already impressive back end for us, and adds great leadership qualities and speed,” said Govett.
Second-round (13th overall) pick Jordan McBride, a 24-year-old New Westminster, British Columbia native, is what Hamley calls a “pure goal-scorer”. He pumped in 175 goals on 46% shooting in his four-year college career at Stony Brook University, including a career-high ten scores in a game against the University of Delaware in 2008. Every year, McBride recorded more than 40 goals. In his senior season in 2011, the 6’0”, 205-pounder was named the America East Player of the Year. He has also played four seasons of Senior A lacrosse for the New Westminster Salmonbellies.
“Jordan is more experienced than the rest of the scorers in the draft,” said Hamley.
With the 14th and 16th selections, Colorado drafted Jamie Lincoln and Tye Belanger, respectively.
Lincoln, a St. Catharine’s, Ontario native, played two years of college lacrosse at the University of Denver before spending his junior and senior seasons at Hofstra University. The 25-year-old scored 115 career goals and was twice named an honorable mention All-American. In Canada, he’s played on both coasts- in British Columbia with the Langley Thunder and Ontario with the Peterborough Lakers.
“Jamie has the potential to play both ends in the NLL, with offensive upside,” said Mammoth Head Coach Bob Hamley. “He has good speed and quick hands.”
Govett added that “Lincoln is tremendously fast and is a very good shooter.”
Goaltender Tye Belanger, the second backstop selected in the draft, was named the Canadian Junior Goalie of the Year in 2011. Having played Junior A lacrosse for both the Brampton Excelsiors, and, more recently, the Peterborough Lakers, Belanger has drawn high praise.
“He was amazing this past summer for the Junior Lakers,” said Govett. “Tye’s ready to make the jump to the next level. He reminds us of [Washington Stealth goalie] Tyler Richards.”
The Mammoth rounded out the draft by selecting transition player Craig England (4th round / 30th overall), forward Joey Cupido (5th / 38th) and transition player Jovan Miller (6th / 47th).
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