|1||4||T Jordan MacIntosh||Rochester Institute of Technology|
|1||6||G Evan Kirk||Hobart College|
|2||12||F Corbyn Tao||Robert Morris University|
|3||19||F Jay Card||Hofstra University|
|3||27||T David Earl||University of Notre Dame|
|4||29||D Brian Karalunas||Villanova University|
|5||31||F Pat Smith||Robert Morris University|
|5||39||F Jeremy Boltus||U.S. Military Academy|
|6||48||F Todd Baxter||Denver University|
Jordan MacIntosh (Photo Ryan Pfeiffer, Metroland Media)
6'1" | 210 pounds | Right-Handed
Summer Team: Ajax Rock (MSL)
College: Rochester Institute of Technology
Stephen Stamp of Inside Lacrosse says: "MSL Rookie of the Year. IL Indoor MSL Transition Player of the Year. Scores. Loves to play defense. Moves the ball up the floor and knows what to do with it. Wins faceoffs. Gritty but clean (only one minor penalty in 14 regular season games). Character. Leadership. Makes sandwiches for the team on road trips. Okay, he doesn’t actually make sandwiches. But he probably would if you asked him. MacIntosh isn’t as splashy as the top three, but whoever gets him will love what he brings to their team."
5'11" | 185 pounds | Orangeville, Ontario
Summer Team: KW Kodiaks (MSL)
College: Hobart College
Stephen Stamp of Inside Lacrosse says: "The allure of Evan Kirk lies in games like the Kodiaks 11-8 win over Six Nations July 12. The Chiefs outshot KW 55-36 but could only score 5 even-strength goals. Kirk made 47 saves, 11 more than the Kodiaks had shots. He was brilliant, basically winning the game by himself. He can do that. Overall, his numbers have been average or below, but he’s played for a bad Kodiaks team and often looked terrific behind them. Someone will want to see how good he can be behind an NLL defense."
5'10" | 185 pounds | Right-Handed
Summer Team: New Westminster (WLA)
College: Robert Morris University
Hometown: Coquitlam, British Colombia
Stephen Stamp of Inside Lacrosse says: "Really came into is own in his last year of junior, scoring 73 points including 32 goals for Coquitlam. Has scored 77 points in two WLA seasons. Tao didn’t travel east for the Mann Cup in 2010 and missed a chance to elevate his draft stock by having a sub-par 2011 WLA finals against Langley. But he’s a steady performer and should be a nice addition to a team needing right-handed depth up front."
5'10" | 195 pounds | Right-Handed
Summer Team: New Westminster Salmonbellies (BCJALL)
College: Hofstra University
Hometown: Caledon, Ontario
Stephen Stamp of Inside Lacrosse says: "Has shown glimpses of huge talent but just hasn’t played that much lacrosse the past few years. Bounced around a bit between teams and leagues. Card’s potential will earn him a shot, but it will be a quick one and he’ll need to make a positive first impression. If he does, his upside could be high."
6'1" | 180 | Left-Handed
College: University of Notre Dame
Stephen Stamp of Inside Lacrosse says: "If White isn’t the first American taken in the draft, Earl probably will be. Earl’s an excellent athlete who can’t wait to hit the turf to give box lacrosse a try. His midfield skills should translate well to a transition role in the NLL. He brings a hockey mentality to the field, he’s an excellent one-on-one defender and he has a nose for loose balls."
5'11 | 185 pounds | Dewitt, N.Y.
College: Villanova University
Stephen Stamp of Inside Lacrosse says: "He’s a field guy all the way, so how will Karalunas manage the transition to the box game? Well, he was Dean’s List every semester at Villanova and his resume is filled with scholar-athlete honours, so he’s probably smart enough to figure it out. He was also recognized for his outstanding defensive play and is known for his character and leadership. The switch to indoor may not be easy for him, but he appears to be just the kind of player for whom the North American Lacrosse League could be a stepping stone to the top level of the sport."
6'1" | 200 pounds | Right-Handed
Hometown: Westminster, Maryland
College: Robert Morris University
Summer Team: Nanaimo Timbermen (WLA)
6'1" | 185 pounds | Right-Handed
Hometown: Syracuse, New York
College: U.S. Military Academy
Summer Team: Hamilton Nationals (MLL)
Stephen Stamp of Inside Lacrosse says: "An outstanding athlete who was named rookie of the year in Major League Lacrosse this summer. He’ll probably go later than 27th in the draft just because of the uncertainty over where he’ll be posted when he completes his field artillery training next fall. Boltus will take a while to adjust to the box game, but he’s got tons of skill: he was the top goal scorer the for the Nationals, besting some guys who are pretty good indoors, going by the names of Jamieson and Crowley."
6'0" | 170 pounds | Eden Prairie, Minnesota
College: Denver University
2010 draft pick Andrew Suitor
SAINT PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Swarm holds three Top 12 picks in tonight’s 2011 NLL Entry Draft with two selections in the first round (#4 and #6) and the #12 selection in the second round. The six round draft will be held in Toronto at the Toronto Don Valley Hotel and will start at 6 p.m. CT. A live online broadcast of the draft will be aired on the Swarm's Draft Central page.
"We are really excited to have three of the first 12 picks in this year's draft, which is arguably one of the best drafts in many years,” Owner and President John Arlotta said. “Whoever we get with these picks will be an impact player on our team in 2012. However, we are equally excited that we will be able to add depth and competition at all positions with a total of nine picks in this draft."
In total, Minnesota has a franchise record nine selections in tonight’s draft. The Swarm also holds multiple first round draft picks for only the second time in team history. Minnesota selected T Andrew Watt (#8), F Kevin Buchanan (#11) and D Joe Cinosky (#13) in the first round in 2008.
The Swarm held the fourth pick in the first round last year and selected T Andrew Suitor from Orangeville, Ontario. Suitor, a 6-foot, 190-pound transition specialist, collected a team-high 108 loose balls and was named to the NLL All-Rookie Team in 2011.
NLL Insider Mock Drafts
Stephen Stamp: T Jordan MacIntosh #4, G Evan Kirk #6
Bob Chavez: F Adam Jones #4, F Johnny Powless #6
We plan to announce a new location for our franchise in the near future. (2 of 2)
We’re excited about the future of our franchise and we’re dedicated to continuing the Swarm and growing the sport and the NLL. (1 of 2)
Whichever big man the wolves take no. 1 will get to learn from KG. No better person to be around in Year 1 to show what it takes to win.