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The Premier Lacrosse League (PLL) has released the list of 16 players that will be up for grabs in the 2019 PLL Entry Draft, which will take place on March 16th. The lottery for the draft was last week and the league’s expansion club, Waterdogs LC, were given the first overall pick.
All 16 guys that are in this year’s entry draft have potential to be great players in the PLL and have made impacts in both college and the pro game already. Here’s a look at six guys that might be able to make the biggest impact of all the players in the draft.
Rob Pannell, A, Cornell
By far the biggest name coming over to PLL this season, Pannell is expected by many to be the first overall pick in the PLL Entry Draft, whether that means getting selected by Waterdogs or a team that Pannell fits better in (Archers, Atlas) that have traded up to get that first overall selection.
The 2013 Tewaaraton Award winner is recognized as one of the best attackmen in the world and known for his famous question mark dodges that galvanize many. Pannell’s talent is likely transcend fit and he will be one of the best attackmen in the PLL next season no matter where he lands.
Zach Currier, M, Princeton
Two-way midfielders are a hot commodity in pro lacrosse. Currier is a pure two-way guys and can make a major impact on both ends of the field. He does it all and has bene doing at a very high level for years now.
With the PLL rules and the smaller field, Currier should be foaming at mouth every time he steps on the field. The Peterborough, Ont. native was made for the PLL style game. And while many teams protected two-way midfielders of SSDM’s ahead of the expansion draft, Currier would likely fit into any roster in this league, but the team that needs a guy like Currier more than anyone is Waterdogs. So, don’t be too shocked on draft day if that ends up happening.
TJ Comizio, SSDM, Villanova
Similarly to Currier, Comizio’s game was made for the PLL rules. And as perviously mentioned, players like Comizio are a very hot commodity in pro lacrosse.
The Villanova product is known for being a caused turnover machine, but he can do much more than that. He is a great one-on-one defender, can run the field as well as anyone, and can also be an offensive threat, as well. Somebody is this league is going to get a very special talent on entry draft day.
Ryland Rees, LSM, Stony Brook
The New Westmister, B.C. native is a transition junkie. He has shown both in the college game, pro game, and on an international level that he can put the ball on the ground and get early offense going in the blink of an eye.
With the shorter field and 52-second shot clock, Rees is another guy who’s game fits greatly within the PLL rules and any team would benefit from having him. He is what you want out of an LSM at the pro level.
Jesse Bernhardt, D, Maryland
The former Maryland Terrapin and brother of current Whipsnakes LC attackman Jake Bernhardt, Jesse Bernhardt has shown that he make plays all over the field on the defensive end. On-ball, off-ball, it doesn’t matter. Bernhardt gets the job done and a team like Chrome – who desperately needs a pole after losing Chris Sabia in the expansion draft and Joe Fletcher to retirement – should have all eyes on a guy like Bernhardt.
Zed Williams, A/M, Virginia
Williams might just be the most underrated or undervalued player in professional lacrosse right now. The former Virginia Cavalier literally does everything. He’s a “flex” offensive player (meaning he can play attack or midfield). He does the dirty work and has some of the best hands in the game. He could likely play in any system that he is put into. Williams is a special talent and could be highly utilized by many teams in the PLL.