The National Lacrosse League has announced the official order of selection for the 2016 NLL Draft along with compensatory draft picks awarded to teams ahead of the 2017 season.
The Georgia Swarm owns three picks in the first round with Nos. 4, 8 and 10.
The Swarm, Roughnecks and Buffalo Bandits were awarded compensatory draft selections as a result of losing players to unrestricted free agency prior to the 2016 NLL season.
The Swarm will receive a first-round selection (10th overall) in the 2016 NLL Draft and one selection at the conclusion of the first round of the 2017 NLL Draft for losing forward Callum Crawford, who signed with the Colorado Mammoth. Georgia was also awarded a second-round selection (20th overall) in 2016 after defenseman Greg Downing signed with the Mammoth.
In 2015, the Swarm selected a league-high four first-round picks and put together one of the most talented rookie classes in recent memory with Lyle Thompson (No. 1 overall), Jesse King (No. 3), Chad Tutton (No. 5) and Randy Staats (No. 6). Both King and Staats are finalists for the league’s Rookie of the Year Award, which will be announced at the NLL Season Awards in late September.
Information regarding the 2016 NLL Draft and Combine (including eligibility and registration information) will be announced in the coming weeks with more details forthcoming.
2016 NLL Draft Order as of July 22 (subject to change pending trades):
1. Saskatchewan (from Vancouver)
3. Saskatchewan (from Rochester)
6. Rochester (from New England)
7. Rochester (from Colorado)
8. Georgia (from Buffalo)
10. Georgia (compensatory selection)
12. Toronto (from Toronto via New England)
13. Buffalo (from Rochester)
16. Buffalo (from New England)
17. Georgia (from Colorado)
20. Georgia (compensatory selection)
21. Calgary (compensatory selection)
22. Georgia (from Vancouver)
24. Georgia (from Rochester)
27. Calgary (from New England)
28. Georgia (from Colorado)
29. Rochester (from Buffalo)
31. Buffalo (compensatory selection)
33. New England (from Toronto)
37. New England
52. Buffalo (from Georgia)
54. New England
56. New England (from Buffalo)
The Roughnecks have been awarded a second-round selection (21st overall) in the 2016 NLL Draft for losing defenseman Jeff Moleski, who signed with the Vancouver Stealth.
The Bandits will receive a third-round selection (31st overall) in the 2016 NLL Draft after losing defenseman Derek Suddons to the New England Black Wolves.
The awarding of compensatory draft selections is outlined in the league's Collective Bargaining Agreement under Article 7 (Free Agency) in Section 7.2 (Unrestricted Free Agency):
F. Compensatory Draft Selections. Any club that loses an Unrestricted Free Agent shall be eligible to receive a compensatory draft selection(s) that will be issued by the League in a formula to be determined solely by the League.
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