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Swarm ready for Monday's draft

09/15/2013, 11:30am CDT
By Alec Schimke

Swarm hold the No. 1 overall pick; also picks Nos. 2, 5 and 7

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – For the second straight season, the Minnesota Swarm are set to add a league-high four first-round picks during the 2013 NLL Entry Draft, including the top two overall selections in Monday’s draft.

The 2013 NLL Entry Draft will be broadcast live on YouTube via The Lacrosse Network at 6 p.m. CT from the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario. Swarm fans can head to mnswarm.com for live pick-by-pick coverage as well as follow the Swarm’s Twitter account (@minnesota_swarm) for live updates throughout the night.

The Swarm currently holds pick Nos. 1, 2, 5 and 7 in the first-round. Minnesota has not held the No. 1 overall pick since the 2004 NLL Entry Draft, however the team traded that pick to the Buffalo Bandits.

“Anybody would be thrilled to be in the situation that we are in, especially coming off of back-to-back division final appearances,” Swarm associate general manager and head coach Joe Sullivan said. “We’ve done nothing but talk about how we get to that next level this offseason and to have the luxury of four first-round picks helps give our team that chance. The talent pool in this year’s draft is second to none and I see a lot of great players at all positions.”

Last season, the Swarm used their four first-round picks on T Brock Sorensen (No. 2), T Kiel Matisz (No. 3), F Shayne Jackson (No. 4) and D Alex Crepinsek (No. 10). In doing so, the Swarm became the first team in NLL history to draft three Top 4 players.

Minnesota also holds five other selections in this year’s draft: Nos. 21 and 23 in the third round; Nos. 29 and 30 in the fourth round and No. 39 in the fifth round.

The 2013 NLL Entry Draft order as of Sept. 16 (subject to change pending trades):

1. Minnesota (from Buffalo)
2. Minnesota

3. Colorado
4. Edmonton (from Philadelphia)
5. Minnesota (from Edmonton)
6. Calgary
7. Minnesota (from Toronto)
8. Vancouver
9. Toronto (from Rochester via Colorado)

10. Buffalo
11. Edmonton (from Minnesota)
12. Philadelphia (from Colorado)
13. Edmonton (from Philadelphia via Minnesota)
14. Buffalo (from Edmonton)
15. Calgary
16. Toronto
17. Vancouver
18. Philadelphia (from Colorado via Buffalo via Rochester)

19. Philadelphia (from Buffalo)
20. Buffalo (from Minnesota via Philadelphia)
21. Minnesota (from Colorado)
22. Philadelphia
23. Minnesota (from Edmonton)
24. Calgary
25. Toronto
26. Vancouver
27. Rochester
28. Toronto (from Boston)

29. Minnesota (from Buffalo)
30. Minnesota

31. Colorado
32. Colorado (from Philadelphia)
33. Philadelphia (from Edmonton)
34. Calgary
35. Toronto
36. Vancouver
37. Rochester

38. Buffalo
39. Minnesota
40. Colorado
41. Vancouver (from Philadelphia)
42. Edmonton
43. Calgary
44. Toronto
45. Vancouver
46. Rochester

47. Buffalo
48. Calgary (from Minnesota)
49. Colorado
50. Philadelphia
51. Edmonton
52. Edmonton (from Calgary)
53. Toronto
54. Vancouver
55. Rochester

Swarm fans looking to lock up 2014 Season Tickets can take advantage of a Buy 2, Get 2 at 25% offer. By purchasing two season tickets at full price, fans can add an additional two tickets for 25% off. Swarm Single Game Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 1. Call 1-888-667-9276 or visit www.mnswarm.com for purchasing information.

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