OAKVILLE, Ont. (September 26, 2016) – With the eighth overall pick in the 2016 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft, the New England Black Wolves selected Seth Oakes of Albany.
A 5-foot-11 right handed forward, Oakes spent two seasons at Albany after transferring from Onondaga Community College, where he won a NJCAA title in 2013. With the Great Danes, Oakes earned America East All-Conference honors twice, including All-First Team accolades in 2016, as well as USILA Honorable Mention honors and a spot on the Tewaaraton Award watch list in 2016. He ranked sixth among all Division I lacrosse players in 2015 with an average of 3.18 goals per game and was ninth in 2016 with 2.75 goals per game.
“I feel really good,” Black Wolves head coach Glenn Clark said. “(Seth) Oakes is the guy that we had targeted so we’re really happy he was there with the pick. We think he’s a high-level talent that can be a really strong player. We’re really happy to have him. We didn’t know if he would be there at eight, so when he was it was a no brainer for us.”
A native of Akweshane, N.Y., Oakes played 11 games for the St. Regis Braves this summer in the Quebec Senior Lacrosse League, scoring 27 goals and adding nine assists. He was picked up by the Tyendiaga Thunderbirds for the Presidents Cup and scored 10 points in three games. An All-World honoree at the U19 World Championships in Finland as a member of the Iroquois Nationals, the forward wrapped up his junior career playing Junior B with Akwesasne, scoring 305 points in 68 games.
The Black Wolves traded the 14th overall pick to the Saskatchewan Rush for the 19th overall pick and a second round pick in the 2017 NLL Entry Draft.
With the 19th overall pick, New England selected Doug Jamieson of Onondaga Community College and the Six Nations Arrows and Chiefs. Jamieson was 13-1 in the regular season for the Arrows in Junior A this past summer with a 6.02 goals against average. He also saw action in two games for the Chiefs in the Mann Cup, which Six Nations won.
At the 24th pick, New England selected Joel Coyle from the Orangeville Northmen. The transition player has spent the last five seasons with the Northmen and has 72 points on 22 goals and 50 assists to go along with 14 loose balls.
Kyle Trolley from Notre Dame was selected with the 29th overall pick. A native of Peterborough, Ont., Trolley saw action in 19 games for the Fighting Irish, including 14 as a senior in 2016.
With the 33rd overall pick, New England selected Brandon Robinson from the Brampton Excelsiors. Robinson had 107 points in five seasons with the Excelsiors.
With pick No. 37, the Black Wolves selected Myles Jones from Duke University. The first overall pick in the 2016 Major League Lacrosse Draft, Jones wrapped up his collegiate career as a three-time All-American and was the 2016 ACC Offensive Player of the Year.
New England traded for the 38th overall pick, sending a fourth round selection in the 2018 NLL Entry Draft to the Georgia Swarm. With that selection, the Black Wolves selected Dan Michel from the Peterborough Lakers.
With pick No. 54, the Black Wolves drafted Garrett Lewis from the Toronto Beaches and at No. 56 selected Andrew Mullen from the University of Virginia and the Toronto Beaches.
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