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National Lacrosse League Entry Draft Wednesday Nig

TORONTO – While the Toronto Rock do not select until the second round (15th overall) in the 2006 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft, Rock management are still busy finalizing preparations for the annual affair.

“Without a first-round pick this year, our management and coaching staff have spent a significant amount of time evaluating a group of players that we believe will be available in the second round with the 15th pick overall,” said Rock Director of Lacrosse Operations, Mike Kloepfer. “This year’s draft will not be as predictable in the first 10 picks as last year’s was.”

The 2006 NLL Entry Draft takes place on Wednesday Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. (EST) at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

With a blend of graduating NCAA field lacrosse stars and gritty Canadian box lacrosse players, the 2006 Draft is fairly unpredictable, insiders say. Geoff Snider (University of Denver, Coquitlam Adanacs Sr. A and Team Canada field lacrosse), Illija Gajic (Burnaby Lakers Jr. A), Paul Dawson (Brampton Excelsiors Jr. A goalie), Brett Bucktooth (Syracuse, St. Regis Indians, Onondaga Redhawks, Iroquois Nationals), Kyle Sorensen (Bellarmine, Peterborough Lakers Jr. A), Kyle Dixon (Virginia) and Kyle Wailes (Brown, Toronto Beaches Jr. A) are expected to be among the top prospects.

Athan Ianucci, a star forward with the WLA’s New Westminster Salmonbellies who is currently with Hofstra of the NCAA, is expected to go high if he renounces his NCAA eligibility prior to the draft. At the time of this release, Ianucci had not officially entered the draft. More information on player eligibility is available at

Fans wanting to watch the draft will be able to access the broadcast through the league Web site at The broadcast will be the first time the draft will be seen live around the world. Here is the order of selection for the 2006 NLL Entry Draft, which will be held at Madison Square Garden Sept. 13 at 8 p.m.:

1. San Jose (from New York in trade today)
2. San Jose (from Chicago)
3. Buffalo (from Edmonton)
4. Philadelphia (from San Jose)
5. Philadelphia
6. Arizona (from Minnesota via Arizona via Buffalo)
7. Arizona (from Toronto via Calgary)
8. Philadelphia (from Arizona)
9. Calgary
10. Rochester
11. New York (from Portland via Minnesota)
12. Chicago (from Buffalo via Edmonton)
13. Colorado

14. Chicago
15. Toronto (from Edmonton)
16. San Jose
17. Calgary (from Philadelphia via Minnesota)
18. Buffalo (from Minnesota via San Jose)
19. Minnesota (from Toronto)
20. Rochester (from Arizona)
21. Portland (from Calgary via Philadelphia)
22. Rochester
23. Minnesota (from Portland via Calgary)
24. Buffalo
25. Colorado

26. New York
27. Chicago
28. Edmonton
29. Portland (from San Jose via Calgary)
30. Buffalo (from Philadelphia)
31. Minnesota
32. New York (from Toronto via Minnesota)
33. Arizona
34. Colorado (from Calgary via Arizona)
35. Toronto (from Rochester)
36. Portland
37. Buffalo
38. Rochester (from Colorado)

39. New York
40. Chicago
41. Calgary (from Edmonton)
42. San Jose
43. Philadelphia
44. Minnesota
45. Toronto
46. Edmonton (from Arizona)
47. Buffalo (from Calgary)
48. Rochester
49. Portland
50. Buffalo
51. Colorado

52. New York
53. Chicago
54. Edmonton
55. San Jose
56. Philadelphia
57. Minnesota
58. Toronto
59. Arizona
60. Calgary
61. Rochester
62. Portland
63. Buffalo
64. Colorado

65. New York
66. Chicago
67. Rochester (from Edmonton)
68. San Jose
69. Philadelphia
70. Minnesota
71. Philadelphia (from Toronto)
72. Arizona
73. Toronto (from Calgary)
74. Rochester
75. Rochester (from Portland)
76. Buffalo
77. Colorado
(End of Entry Draft)

First overall selection for each team (as of September 12, 2006, subject to change):
Arizona: 6th
Buffalo: 3rd
Calgary: 9th
Chicago: 12th
Colorado: 13th
Edmonton: 28th
Minnesota: 19th
New York: 11th
Philadelphia: 4th
Portland: 21st
Rochester: 10th
San Jose: 1st, 2nd
Toronto: 15th

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