A highly touted prospect coming out of the Greater Edmonton Lacrosse Council’s U16 Division went first overall in the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League’s Junior A Minor Draft on Sunday.
The U16 Parkland Posse’s Lucas Bowen heard his name called first for the St. Albert Miners to get the draft started.
The right-handed forward played 19 games during the 2019 season and potted 26 goals and 32 assists with the Posse. Bowen is the son of Jamey Bowen, who spent a 2006 and part of the 2007 NLL season with the Edmonton Rush.
Going second overall to the Okotoks Raiders was Reis Bower from the Lethbridge Lacrosse Association. In 2018, Bower had 43 points in 12 games at the Bantam level and 12 points in five games at the U16 level in 2019.
Bower has then traded along with a ninth round pick in 2022 to the Calgary Mounties in exchange for Hayden Moffat and a sixth round draft pick in 2022
The Saskatchewan SWAT held the third overall pick in the first round and picked Regina’s Jaxson Lenz of the Queen City Minor Box Lacrosse (QCMBL) Barracudas. Lenz had 19 points in 15 games for the Barracudas during the 2019 season as he moving up to the Junior A level.
The Calgary Mountie held the fourth and final pick of the first round and took Caden Pickell of the Calgary Axemen Lacrosse Club.
To start off the second round, it came as no surprise as the Miners went with another right handed forward in Caden Gulka from the Sherwood Park Titans. Gulka and Bowen were two of the higher-ranked players coming out of the Greater Edmonton Lacrosse Council (GELC) and the Miners jumped at the opportunity.
A multi-sport player, Gulka had 34 points in 20 games at the U16 level in 2019. There was really not drop off, as he had 35 points in 17 games at the Bantam level in 2018.
With their second pick, the Raiders went to Tommy Wood from the Calgary Hornets Lacrosse Club.
The Saskatchewan SWAT went with a hometown boy, picking Roman Marshall with the seventh overall. Marshall spent the 2019 season Saskatoon Box Lacrosse Associations (SBLA) U16 SWAT picking up five goals and two assists in eight games.
The final pick of the second round went to the Mounties and they went back to the Axemen and picked Carter Linkletter.
The following are the results from Rounds 3 to 10:
9. Miners – Graham Dicken (Parkland Posse)
10. Raiders – Nicholas Luitwieler (Calgary Axemen)
11. SWAT – Chase Foord (SBLA)
12. Mounties – Carter Cook (Lethbridge Lacrosse Association)
13. Miners – Jace Asay (Edmonton Wizards)
14. Raiders – Carter Li (Calgary Hornets)
15. SWAT – Waylon Alstadt (Prince Albert Box Lacrosse Association)
16. Mounties – Mason Rockley (Calgary Axemen)
17. Miners – Jarret Rogalsky (Parkland Posse)
18. Raiders – Seth Miller (Calgary Axemen)
19. SWAT – Nate Gallant (SBLA)
20. Mounties – Jett de Paiva (Calgary Sabrecats)
21. Miners – Benjamin Royer (Parkland Posse)
22. Raiders – Liam O’Dwyer (Calgary Axemen)
23. SWAT – Ryan McDonald (QCMBL)
24. Raiders via Mounties – Zachary Kobzar (Calgary Hornets)
25. Miners – Teegan Runions (Edmonton Warriors)
26. Raiders – Teag Hilkewich (Calgary Sabrecats)
27. SWAT – Cole Pottle (QCMBL)
28. Mounties – Hayden Wasson (Calgary Axemen)
29. Miners – Jackson Porter (Leduc Lacrosse)
30. Raiders – Ty Herman (Calgary Sabrecats)
31. SWAT – Mason Williams (Moose Jaw Mustangs)
32. Mounties – Gavin Sundwall (Calgary Hornets)
33. Miners – Taryn Hutchings (Sherwood Park Titans)
34. Raiders – Nolan Bolger (Calgary Sabrecats)
35. SWAT – Grady Henderson (SCLA)
36. Mounties – Owen MacCarthy (Calgary Hornets)
37. Miners – Danny Fehr (Sherwood Park Titans)
38. Raiders – Kyle McKinnon (Rockyview Lacrosse)
39. SWAT – Carson Welsh (SBLA)
40. Mounties – Jered Robbins (Calgary Axemen)
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Mounties: Justin St. Germain, Hudson Elgert (all from the Red Deer Chiefs)
Raiders: Traford Crouchman, Ayden Tiemstra, Ryley Dowswell (all from the Red Deer Chiefs)
Miners: Brayden Sinclair, Tosh Marshall, Austin Griffiths (all from the Red Deer Chiefs)
SWAT: Cown Pottle (QCMBL), Bode Rachey (SBLA), Josh Johnson (Moose Jaw Mustangs)
A replay of the draft can be watched here.
Shawn Slaght has been a sports reporter across the Canadian prairies for over 10 years and has experience covering everything from junior hockey to World Cup skiing to all levels of lacrosse. He is the Saskatchewan correspondent for All Lacrosse All The Time.