Calgary, AB – The National Lacrosse League has announced the official order of selection for the 2016 NLL Draft along with compensatory draft picks awarded to teams ahead of the 2017 season.

The Calgary Roughnecks will open the draft with the fifth overall selection followed by seven picks through the remaining five rounds.

The 2016 NLL Draft order as of July 22 (subject to change pending trades):


1. Saskatchewan (from Vancouver)

2. Toronto

3. Saskatchewan (from Rochester)

4. Georgia

5. Calgary

6. Rochester (from New England)

7. Rochester (from Colorado)

8. Georgia (from Buffalo)

9. Saskatchewan

10. Georgia (compensatory selection)


11. Vancouver

12. Toronto (from Toronto via New England)

13. Buffalo (from Rochester)

14. Georgia

15. Calgary

16. Buffalo (from New England)

17. Georgia (from Colorado)

18. Buffalo

19. Saskatchewan

20. Georgia (compensatory selection)

21. Calgary (compensatory selection)


22. Georgia (from Vancouver)

23. Toronto

24. Georgia (from Rochester)

25. Georgia

26. Calgary

27. Calgary (from New England)

28. Georgia (from Colorado)

29. Rochester (from Buffalo)

30. Saskatchewan

31. Buffalo (compensatory selection)


32. Vancouver

33. New England (from Toronto)

34. Rochester

35. Georgia

36. Calgary

37. New England

38. Colorado

39. Buffalo

40. Saskatchewan


41. Vancouver

42. Toronto

43. Rochester

44. Georgia

45. Calgary

46. Colorado

47. Buffalo

48. Saskatchewan


49. Vancouver

50. Toronto

51. Rochester

52. Buffalo (from Georgia)

53. Calgary

54. New England

55. Colorado

56. New England (from Buffalo)

57. Saskatchewan

The Roughnecks, Georgia Swarm and Buffalo Bandits were awarded compensatory draft selections as a result of losing players to unrestricted free agency prior to the 2016 NLL season.

The Roughnecks have been awarded a second-round selection (21st overall) in the 2016 NLL Draft for losing defenceman Jeff Moleski, who signed with the Vancouver Stealth.

The Swarm will receive a first-round selection (10th overall) in the 2016 NLL Draft and one selection at the conclusion of the first round of the 2017 NLL Draft for losing forward Callum Crawford, who signed with the Colorado Mammoth. Georgia was also awarded a second-round selection (20th overall) in 2016 after defenceman Greg Downing signed with the Mammoth.

The Bandits will receive a third-round selection (31st overall) in the 2016 NLL Draft after losing defenceman Derek Suddons to the New England Black Wolves.

The awarding of compensatory draft selections is outlined in the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement under Article 7 (Free Agency) in Section 7.2 (Unrestricted Free Agency):

F. Compensatory Draft Selections. Any club that loses an Unrestricted Free Agent shall be eligible to receive a compensatory draft selection(s) that will be issued by the League in a formula to be determined solely by the League.

Information regarding the 2016 NLL Draft and Combine, including eligibility and registration information, will be announced in the coming weeks.

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