UNCASVILLE, Conn. (September 23, 2016) – The New England Black Wolves will look to bolster their roster at the 2016 NLL Entry Draft on Monday, Sept. 26th, which can be watched live from the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ont., on NLL.com beginning at 7 p.m. ET.
New England has seven picks in the draft, including the eighth overall, as well as the 14th, 24th, 29th, 37th, 54th and 56th selections. Of those seven picks, four were acquired through offseason trades.
“Like most drafts, if you’re picking at the top, you’re going to get good players and there are some star quality players up there,” Black Wolves head coach Glenn Clark said. “There are very good players in this draft who will be playing in the NLL and having a positive impact on teams.”
In their second season in Connecticut, the Black Wolves enjoyed one of the biggest turnarounds in NLL history last year, finishing 10-8 under first-year coach Clark. New England went on to defeat the Georgia Swarm in the first round of the playoffs before falling to Buffalo in the East Division Finals. It was the first playoff win for the franchise since 2001.
“We identified some needs in free agency (during the offseason),” New England general manager Rich Lisk explained. “We happened to make a deal with Georgia to get us into the top 15 so now we fill in some of the other little spots where we think we need some help.”
The Saskatchewan Rush hold the first overall pick in the draft and are expected to select former Quinnipiac University forward Ryan Keenan. Kennan is the son of Rush head coach and general manager Derek Keenan.
Key offseason signings:
Signed left-handed defender Chad Culp to a two-year agreement
Signed veteran face-off specialist Jay Thorimert to a two-year deal
Signed third goalie, Doug Buchan, to a two year agreement.
Traded Jordan Hall and a second round selection in the 2019 NLL Entry Draft to Georgia for 8, 14 and 24th picks in the 2016 NLL Draft.
Traded Andrew Suitor to Rochester in exchange for the 29th pick in the 2016 NLL Draft, a second-round pick in 2019 and Derek Searle.