With the 2020 MLL Draft now in the books, it’s time to take a look at who each team picked and how they improved their roster. With an offseason full of player movement, every team had a number of holes to fill. Below is the full list of drafted players and how each team addressed their needs.
|Overall Pick||Player||College||Position||MLL Team|
|7||Charlie Trense||Notre Dame||D||NYL|
|13||Tommy Wright||Penn State||LSM||NYL|
|22||Sean New||Holy Cross||D||NYL|
|26||Pat Aslanian||Notre Dame||LSM||CHE|
|27||Griffin Peene||Air Force||D||DEN|
|31||Connor Waldron||Holy Cross||M||NYL|
|37||Terrence Haggerty||Cortland State||A||NYL|
|48||Kevin Kodzis||Holy Cross||A||CHE|
Before we took a look at individual teams, we want to take a moment to discuss the honorary draft picks chosen by MLL teams during the draft. Each team selected one front line worker helping battle the COVID-19 Pandemic. You can read more about each honorary draft pick on the teams’ website and social media.
Now, for the individual teams and how the improved their rosters.
New York Lizards
Picks: TD Ierlan, Colin Burke, Charlie Trense, Tommy Wright, Sean New, Rock Stewart, Connor Waldron, Terrence Haggerty, Andrew Pettit
The Lizards use their two top-three picks to shore up two spots that had holes open up due to departures to the PLL. They also have a pole heavy draft in the middle, trying to shore up their defense. Overall, the Lizards did a nice job filling the holes left by their departures this offseason, and will now wait and see if #1 pick TD Ierlan joins them this summer.
Picks: Michael Kraus, Aidan Hynes, Michael Brown, Ben Martin, Brandon Salvatore, Will Renz, Charlie Bertrand
The Hammerheads much like the Lizards went big name first, taking Michael Kraus out of Virginia. They also selected a potentially elite defender in Aidan Hynes out of Yale. Overall, the Hammerheads added a lot of defensive depth and hope that Kraus will join them this summer and become an immediate impact player.
Picks: Mark Evanchick, Jon Mazza, Reece Eddy, Connor Fletcher, Matt Gaudet, Brendan Hoffman, James Wittmeyer, Colin Minicus, Justin Schwenk, Adam Goldner
The Barrage had arguably the best night of any team in the league despite not making their first pick until the second round. The Barrage established a firm team identity selecting a number of two-way players and ended up bringing in the largest draft class in the league. The Barrage addressed a number of areas in which they struggled last season.
Picks: Nick Mellen, Jeff Teat, Michael Sowers, Peyton Smith, Jason Brewster
The Cannons went big. Nick Mellen was a relatively sage pick early on, but coach Sean Quirk decided to take a stab at two of the biggest names in the draft with the 25th and 28th picks. Should they pull off perhaps the biggest coup in professional lacrosse history and bring in both Teat and Sowers next year, Cannons fans will be very thankful for a long time. Outside of those two, the Cannons did a nice job filling their few holes on what is a solid roster.
Picks: Tom Rigney, Nick Washuta, Sean Leahey, Griffin Peene, Eric Holden, Jeff Trainor, Connor Kirst, Nate Siekierski, Miles Silva
The Denver Outlaws drafted many of these players in their mold. Big bodies that will play Outlaws-style lacrosse. They also took two stabs at addressing the hole in net left by Dylan Ward departing for the PLL. They now will have an interesting goalie competition to keep an eye on in training camp, and hope that one of their two selections will make a name for himself this season.
Picks: Will Weitzel, Will Yorke, Chase Levesque, Sam Lucchesi, Pat Aslanian, Luke Anderson, Grant Maloof, Kevin Kodzis
The defending champs played it safe. They drafted a number of players that will provide depth for one of the toughest lineups to crack in the league. They also took a change of pace face off man and took some stabs at shoring up the middle of the field. The Bayhawks were the defending champs, and they only got stronger through the draft.