A Good Sign

It was a good sign of some normalcy in the lacrosse world. The Western Lacrosse Association conducted the 2021 Draft on Thursday evening. The night was highlighted by a blockbuster eight-player deal. The oddity is that deal broke down to seven for one proposition. Frank “The Tank” Scigliano was shipped for seven, yes seven! players.

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Here is the statement from the WLA. Compensatory picks gave all seven teams the chance to add a top player before the draft order became all jumbled up because of the previous year’s trades.

Tre Leclaire went to Langley as the top compensatory pick, then the Burnaby Lakers, Nanaimo Timbermen, Maple Ridge Burrards, and Victoria Shamrocks chose NLL players or draft picks Ryan Martel, Zach Manns, Anthony Kalinich, and Nathan Kozevnikov respectively.

The first trade came early in the night when the Langley Thunder, who were in need of a goaltender, acquired Frank Scigliano from the Burrards in exchange for four top-15 draft picks, James Rahe, Aiden Milburn, and Dan Lewis. The trade now sets the Thunder up with the best goaltender in recent years. This is to match with their potentially potent offense. The offense includes the likes of Dane Dobbie, Garrett Billings, Curtis Dickson, and Connor Robinson.

The Thunder kept the trades going by sending Brad McCulley to the Shamrocks to get Kozevnikov. The Adanacs jumped in on the trade game by stealing Ryland Rees from the Lakers in exchange for the third and sixth picks.

Another trade on the evening was between the New Westminster Salmonbellies and the Timbermen. In this swap, the 12th pick, Ethan Ticehurst, and a 2021 2nd round pick were sent to Nanaimo for defender Drew Belgrave.

A Good Sign with Draft Selections

Here are the first three rounds of selections, starting with:

Protected/Compensatory Picks

  • 1- Coquitlam  Jalen Chasten (PROTECTED)
  • 2- Langley  Thomas Vaesen COMPENSATORY)
  • 3- Burnaby  Austin Madronic (COMPENSATORY)
  • 4-Nanaimo Will Johansson (COMPENSATORY)
  • 5- New West Will Malcolm (PROTECTED)
  • 6-Maple Ridge Dylan McIntosh (PROTECTED)
  • 7- Victoria Nick Scott (COMPENSATORY)

Round 1

  • 1- Coquitlam-Thomas Semple
  • 2- Maple Ridge- Nate Faccin
  • 3- Burnaby- Connor Watson
  • 4- Nanaimo- Clinton Lidstone
  • 5- Nanaimo- Caleb Kueber
  • 6- Langley- Caleb Pearson
  • 7- Victoria- Max Wilson

Round 2

  • 8- Victoria- Will Clayton
  • 9- Langley- Erik Mass
  • 10- Burnaby- Rhys Blake
  • 11- Langley- Cal Slate
  • 12- New Westminster from Nanaimo Brody Harris
  • 13- Maple Ridge- Brendan Szabo
  • 14- Langley- Aiden Ellis

Round Three

  • 15- New West- Connor Evers
  • 16- Burnaby- Brayden Brown
  • 17- Burnaby- Sekanwanes Baker
  • 18- Maple Ridge- Jake Stott
  • 19- Nanaimo- Tee McComber
  • 20- Maple Ridge- Mitchell Nolet
  • 21- Victoria- Cameron Dunkerley

The draft was a good sign of things to come. Stay tuned for more lax news by clicking here.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.