Three USA Hopefuls Among NLL Draftees
|Rob Pannell was among the Team
USA hopefuls selected in the NLL draft on Monday
Three members of the U.S. Men's National Team 52-man training roster were among the selections on Monday night for the National Lacrosse League's annual draft, joining the nine players on the training roster who were already active members of the professional indoor league.
Tucker Durkin was the first selected, going 19th overall to the Philadelphia Wings, who acquired the selection from the Buffalo Bandits through a previous trade. Eric Law was picked up by the Toronto Rock later that same round with the 28th pick, while Tewaaraton Award winner Rob Pannell went in the sixth and final round to the Wings via pick No. 50.
Durkin, a defenseman, would join long poles Kyle Hartzell and Kyle Sweeney (Philadelphia) and Mitch Belisle (Minnesota Swarm) if he makes the active roster for the Wings.
Law and Pannell would join attackmen Brendan Mundorf (Philadelphia) and Drew Westervelt (Colorado Mammoth) if they make it through camp.
Midfielders Paul Rabil, Ned Crotty and Max Seibald are also in the NLL, all playing for the Wings. If Durkin and Pannell make the Wings active roster, that would leave Philadelphia with seven Team USA hopefuls on its roster, even after trading Westervelt to Colorado last week.
Durkin, Law and Pannell all tweeted their excitement when they found out about their selections:
Pumped up for the opportunity to play in the hometown with the @PhillyWings— Tucker Durkin (@tdurkin51) September 17, 2013
So excited to have the opportunity to play box lacrosse with the Toronto Rock!— Eric Law (@ELaw_15) September 17, 2013
Honor to have been drafted tonight by the Philly Wings in the NLL draft!— RP3 (@RobPannell3) September 17, 2013