McIntosh, Noble, Miles Thompson Top Picks in in NLL Draft
Edmonton, AB--The Edmonton Rush selected forward Ben McIntosh with the first overall pick in the 2014 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft held Monday in Toronto.
See below for the full results of the draft.
Touted as the most pro-ready prospect available in the draft, McIntosh size and scoring touch were two components that Rush General Manager/Head Coach Derek Keenan couldn't pass up. The Rush posted one of the best regular seasons in NLL history in 2014 with a 16-2 mark, but McIntosh has all the tools to jump right into the potent lineup.
"Ben has the skill set to be one of the great off-ball players the NLL has ever seen," said Keenan.
"He has been an accomplished scorer at every level. He's a power forward with quick and soft hands on the inside. He's an unselfish player willing to create space for his teammates."
In his senior season with Drexel University (Colonial Athletic Conference - NCAA), McIntosh collected 48 goals raising his career total to 191 with the Dragons in 90 regular season and playoff games. The native of Coquitlam, British Columbia, was previously an Honorable Mention All-American at Drexel as well as First Team All-CAA, and a CAA Commissioner's Academic Award recipient majoring in international business. McIntosh finished with 328 career points at Drexel, earning high praise from Dragons coach Brian Voelker.
"He's got great instincts and is just a really talented offensive player," touted Voelker in Drexel Magazine.
"He's one of the most complete midfielders in the country. Not only is he one of our best players, he's a leader."
In junior, McIntosh was regarded as one of the "Big Four" with the Coquitlam Adanacs, playing alongside now-Rush teammate Robert Church. Despite playing in limited action due to his college commitments, McIntosh starred for the Adanacs in 2012, scoring 27 goals and 15 assists for 42 points in only nine games, and then going on to finish second in scoring at that season's Minto Cup tournament.
After going first overall in the WLA draft to Maple Ridge, McIntosh had a breakout summer campaign in 2014, leading the Burrards in playoff scoring with 38 points including 27 goals – 14 of which came on the power play. McIntosh suited up for just 11 regular-season games for Maple Ridge but racked up 32 points.
"We like that Ben has always performed well in playoff situations," added Keenan, who was honored as both the NLL Coach and General Manager of the Year at the league awards ceremony on Sunday.
"That's important in the NLL where week to week the pressure to win is present."
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(September 22, 2014) ... The Rochester Knighthawks selected Jeremy Noble with the second overall pick in today's 2014 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. The three-time Minto Cup champion joins the three-time defending NLL Champions.
"I am pretty excited. I dreamed about this ever since I was a little kid," said Noble. "To be selected by Rochester is a humbling experience. I am looking forward to the next chapter of my lacrosse career."
The former University of Denver star recently won the Steinfeld Cup with the Denver Outlaws and a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2014 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. The Orangeville, Ontario was a three-time All-American in his four-year career at DU. During his career with the Pioneers, Noble amassed 67 goals and 79 assists for 146 points. He currently ranks ninth in all-time career points and second in all-time career assists.
Noble was also a star at the junior level, while playing for the hometown Orangeville Northmen from 2008-12. In 79 games, he scored 139 goals and added 182 assists for 321 points. He also appeared in 87 postseason contests, registered 112 goals and 190 assists for 302 points. Nobel has a winning pedigree, winning Minto Cups with Orangeville in 2008, 2009 and 2012. In 2010, he finished seventh in scoring in the OLA en route to Second Team All-Star honors and the Dean McLeod Award as the Most Outstanding Player during the Junior "A" Playoffs. That season, he recorded a career-best 87 points (21+66) in 22 games. In the playoffs, Noble scored 23 goals and chipped in 43 assists in 18 games.
In 2012, Noble was named a First Team All-Star, the co-winner of the Dennis McIntosh Memorial Award as the Junior "A" MVP, and the winner of the Jim Veltman Award as the Most Outstanding Player in the OLA Junior "A" series. In his final season of junior lacrosse, he put up 62 points (32+30) in just nine games, and posted 36 goals and 43 assists in 17 playoff games. This summer at the Senior "A" level, he played in six games for the Oakville Rock and collected six goals and 12 assists.
The Knighthawks will open their 21st season on Saturday, January 3rd against the rival Toronto Rock at The Blue Cross Arena. Prior to the 7:30 p.m. game, the Knighthawks will celebrate their historic third straight NLL Championship by raising their 2014 Championship Banner.
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FIRST ROUND 1. Edmonton (from Minnesota): Ben McIntosh (Drexel University) 2. Rochester (from Vancouver): Jeremy Noble (University of Denver) 3. Minnesota (from New England via Edmonton): Miles Thompson (University at Albany) 4. Colorado: Eli McLaughlin (Coquitlam) 5. Minnesota (from Buffalo): Shane MacDonald (Brampton) 6. New England (from Toronto via Calgary): Mark Cockerton (University of Virginia) 7. Colorado (from Edmonton): Robert Hope (Pfeiffer University) 8. New England (from Calgary): Quinn Powless (Six Nations) 9. Buffalo (from Rochester via Vancouver): Brandon Goodwin (Adelphi University)
SECOND ROUND 10. Minnesota: Joe Maracle (Six Nations) 11. New England (from Vancouver via Rochester): Rodd Squire (Six Nations) 12. Vancouver (from New England via Buffalo): Conrad Chapman (Nanaimo) 13. Edmonton (from Colorado): Adam Shute (New England College) 14. Buffalo: Matthew Bennett (Brampton) 15. New England (from Toronto): Matt Crough (Dowling College) 16. Calgary (from Edmonton via Buffalo via Colorado): Tyson Roe (Concordia University Wisconsin) 17. New England (from Calgary via Toronto): Alex Buque (American International College) 18. Buffalo (from Rochester via New England): Tyler Ferreira (Dowling College) 19. Edmonton (compensatory): Tyler Melnyk (Marquette University)
THIRD ROUND 20. New England (from Minnesota): Josh Johnson (Six Nations) 21. Vancouver: Brandon Clelland (Orangeville) 22. New England: Sheldon Burns (Dowling College) 23. Vancouver (from Colorado via Rochester): Dan Keane (University of Delaware) 24. Buffalo: Jordan Dance (Orangeville) 25. Vancouver (from Toronto): Jakob Doucet (New Westminster) 26. New England (from Edmonton via Calgary): Ty Thompson (University at Albany) 27. Rochester (from Calgary via New England): Brier Jonathan (Six Nations) 28. New England (from Rochester): Connor Campbell (Brampton)
FOURTH ROUND 29. Minnesota: Eric Guiltinan (Brampton) 30. Vancouver: Matt Delmonico (Seton Hill) 31. New England: Mike Mawdsley (Sacred Heart University) 32. Colorado: Zach Rogers (Providence College) 33. Toronto (from Buffalo): Brandon Benn (Johns Hopkins University) 34. New England (from Toronto): Jayson Crawford (Brampton) 35. Edmonton (from Edmonton via Minnesota): Matt MacGrotty (Bryant University) 36. Calgary: Pat Henry (Calgary Mountaineers) 37. Rochester: Ian Martin (Six Nations)
FIFTH ROUND 38. Minnesota: Pat Miles (New England College) 39. Vancouver: DJ Saari (Coquitlam) 40. Minnesota (from New England): Paxton Leroux (Peterborough) 41. Colorado: DJ Giacobbo (Canisius College) 42. Colorado (from Buffalo): Terry Ellis (University at Denver) 43. Toronto: Jordan Robertson (Whitby) 44. Edmonton: Chad Mitchell (Bellarmine University) 45. Calgary: Cam Gardner (Bellarmine University) 46. Rochester: Anthony Patterson (Six Nations)
SIXTH ROUND 47. Edmonton (from Minnesota): Mitch McAvoy (Mercyhurst University) 48. Vancouver: Steve Ferdinandi (New Westminster) 49. Buffalo (from New England): Mike Melnychenko (Chestnut Hill) 50. Colorado: Mike Crampton (United States Air Force Academy) 51. Toronto (from Buffalo): Brady Haseltine (Mercyhurst University) 52. Toronto: Darryl Robertson (Whitby) 53. Edmonton: Mike Digeralmo (Edmonton Outlaws) 54. Calgary: Andrew Smistad (Marquette University) 55. Rochester: Zach Williams (Six Nations Rebels)