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ALBERTA KIDS
A look at some local kids who might hear their name called at the NLL Draft on Monday night.

By Bob Chavez - IL Indoor | Published: 9/12/2013 at 2:26:56 PM



In preparation for the 2013 NLL Draft, ILIndoor.com talked to a number of Alberta kids who might here their name called on Monday. 

For a chance to get to know possibly the newest Roughnecks, here they are:


IAN BUCHANAN

Calgary Mounties

Part of Ian Buchanan’s job with the Junior A Mounties of Calgary was to stop the ball. And that, he did very well. Along with the rest of his mates and although the work of Buchanan and the Mounties didn’t produce a trip to the Minto Cup this summer, there’s no doubting he knows how to get the job done in the back end. The right-hander out of Airdrie, Alberta, was part of a unit that gave up a league-low 113 goals in Alberta this summer. That just more than 7 goals per game and no matter where you’re playing lacrosse, that’s an impressive feat. And speaking of playing lacrosse somewhere, that’s exactly what Buchanan has in mind for this winter and the best way he can do that is by hearing his name called at the Sept. 16 National Lacrosse League entry draft.

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JAMES DELANEY

Okotoks Raiders

Put James Delaney in B.C. to play lacrosse, and he feels right at home. Put James Delaney in Pennsylvania to play lacrosse, and he feels right at home. Get the point? Delaney is a right-hander out of Port Coquitlam but no matter where he’s playing — Okotoks, PoCo, Nanaimo or Seton Hill University — he’s lighting up goalies. Early in his Junior A days, he was a steady producer for the Port Coquitlam Saints before taking his game to the Raiders in Okotoks, where he finished his Junior A career in 2012 as the only Junior A player in the country with more than 50 goals (he had 51). His first WLA season saw just 6 games, but he still managed 23 points (9-14) and that came after being named USILA Midfielder of the Year at Seton Hill for a second straight season. Delaney is leaving a trail of awards in his lacrosse wake but the ultimate reward for him would be hearing his name called at the National Lacrosse League draft on Sept. 16.

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AJ PELLIS

Edmonton Miners

AJ Pellis has done many things in lacrosse, at many levels. The right-hander out of Edmonton played Junior A and went to 2 Minto Cups with the Edmonton Miners. He’s played Sr. B in Alberta and this past summer, finished fourth in league scoring with the Edmonton Outlaws. And before that, he played 4 seasons of Division III field lacrosse at Ohio Wesleyan University. Up next? The National Lacrosse League, he hopes. The exposure he’s had in the game at various levels has taken his game to be the type of game that it is: well-rounded. He can provide points for his team, there’s little doubt about that after his 55-point (20-35) summer with the Outlaws. But run him out the back door and he’ll take care of business there as well. And the best part of it all? He doesn’t care where you send him, as long as you send him. The kid just wants to play lacrosse whether it’s between the lines or in the corners, but the place he most wants to find himself on Sept. 16 is on the draft list of a National Lacrosse League team.

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CAM COPLAND

Okotoks Raiders

Cam Copland prides himself on the ability to do a bit of everything. Score goals? He scored 15 this summer, second-most among his Okotoks Raiders teammates. Stop goals? Yeah, he can stay back and disrupt a play or two. Vision? He’s got that too, able to recognize when it’s time to push it up the floor or when it’s time to slow down and make a cut or two. Thing is, lots of players have versatility in their games but not a lot have the speed to make them effective at whatever end they’re in. Copland has that, and it’s that ability he’s hoping will get the attention of National Lacrosse League brass at the entry draft on Sept. 16. The right-hander out of Okotoks, who finished second in team scoring this summer (15-18, 33), has played in 4 Minto Cup tournaments, exposing him to some of the best junior lacrosse there is to be played. So now he wants to part of the best pro lacrosse in the world, and he’ll be watching and waiting on draft day.

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BEN SNIDER

Edmonton Miners

Ben Snider has a job to do in lacrosse and there is no misunderstandings about it. His task is simple in theory, complex in execution but it’s also complete. It’s Snider’s job to stop, and this left-hander does it very well. A defender out of Edmonton, he’s honed his craft the last 2 summers with the Delta Islanders, the first of which ended with an appearance in the BCJALL finals. And while this past summer ended a bit earlier than he had hoped, with a first-round loss in the playoffs, there’s no question Snider has the will and the means to reach the pinnacle of indoor lacrosse, the National Lacrosse League. Priding himself on his work ethic along with an awareness that leads to smart decisions with the ball on the floor, Snider’s got a 6-foot-3, 215-pound body that he’s eager to put to use in the NLL. All he needs now is to hear his name called at Monday’s draft.

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