NLL 2021-2022 Outlook – Philadelphia Wings

Compiled and Written by Kevin Neibauer
Lax Philly – A Division of Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Philadelphia Wings are coming off an 8-6 season and were among the favorites for a Championship.  General Manager/Head Coach, Paul Day managed to keep his core players intact, but that doesn’t mean the squad didn’t lose players.

Key Losses:

Eric Shewell, Liam Patten, Nate Wade and Gowah Abrams

Key Acquisitions:

John Gagliardi, Brock Sorenson, Ryan Wagner, Jackson Suboch, John Ranagan, Alex Crepinsek, Corey Small, Kevin Buchanan, and Ben McIntosh.

Goaltending:

A change in the goaltending as back-up Brandon Miller retired and returned to Coaching.  Gowan Abrams was shipped to New York, so Angus Goodleaf was brought in to back-up Zach Higgins.  The club should be solid in net as long as Higgins can duplicate the performance he exhibited when the team last played.

Offense:

On the offense, an already explosive unit that actually got stronger.  New faces of Kevin Buchanan, Corey Small and what may have been the biggest news of the off season, the acquisition of Ben McIntosh in exchange for Josh Currier.  McIntosh lives on the outskirts of Philadelphia, so it’s a homecoming for him.

“I am beyond excited to be a part of the Wings organization.  Philadelphia has a special place in my heart since my college days at Drexel.”

Ben McIntosh

On a side note… Ben also coaches youth lacrosse in the Philadelphia area.

Defense:

The defense is quite strong with the additions of Sorenson, John Gagliardi and Ryan Wagner.

Faceoffs:

All that offensive fire power is made even more lethal when you have arguably the best face off man in the league…Trevor Baptiste.

The Outlook:

How will Small, McIntosh, et al, mesh with Kevin Crowley, Brett Hickey, Matt Rambo, Blaze Riorden and the rest of the offensive juggernaut? That is the million dollar question!

Safe to say that Philadelphia will be a very exciting team to watch.  Factor in 6 of their first 7 games are at home in the Wells Fargo Center.

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