2007 Entry Draft
September 1, 2007 - Denver, Colorado
Minnesota Swarm drafted the following players
The Minnesota Swarm completed the following trades related to the 2007 NLL Entry Draft:
Minnesota Swarm General Manager Marty O'Neill made waves at today's 2007 NLL Entry Draft at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. The Swarm entered the day with the eighth and ninth picks in the first round. They added the eleventh pick and the 51st pick to start the day off from the Toronto Rock for Kasey Beirnes. It appears that Beirnes' employment may be the main reason for the trade because he has been stellar in Minnesota with 47 g 48 a in 30 games over the last two seasons.
O'Neill already was working on Beirnes replacement as he sent the 8th and 11th picks and fan favorite Brock Boyle to Boston for Craig Point and Darren Halls. Boyle was an original Swarm player and had 30g 21a in 43 games. The big name in this trade is Point, who the Blazers picked with the third overall pick in the draft. Point just finished up his junior lacrosse career with the Six Nations Arrows where he just won the 2007 Minto Cup with 34g 30a in the regular season. Point was acquired to replace Beirnes and he has a cannon of a shot. Halls was drafted fourth in the 2004 NLL Entry Draft by Arizona where he played in 2005 & 2006. In 2007, he played for San Jose where he had 2g 4a 33 LB. He can take face offs and is expected to be a transition threat like Boyle.
That left the Swarm with one first round pick at #9 and for the first time since 2004, the Swarm used a first round pick. The player chosen was Justin Norbraten. A righty forward, Norbraten played his junior career with the Port Coquitlam Saints and just finished up his second year of WLA ball with the Langley Thunder where he had 22g 29a. He played collegiately at Bellarmine.
Next, the Swarm drafted Brandon Swamp with the 18th pick in the second round but immediately traded Swamp to the Buffalo Bandits for their first round pick in the 2008 NLL Entry Draft.
Another bombshell exploded in the third round when Marty traded assistant captain Michael Kilby and Spencer Martin to the Portland LumberJax for the 23rd pick and the Jax's first rounder in 2008. Another fan favorite, Kilby had been with the team all three years and in 45 games he had 4g 11a 108 LB. His grit and lunchpail mentality will be missed. Martin joined the Swarm in 2006 and in his two years with the team, he had 21g 33a in 23 games. With the 23rd pick, the Swarm selected defenseman Marc Jackson from Oshawa, Ontario. Jackson played junior lacrosse with the Whitby Warriors and won the 2004 Founders Cup with the Clarington Green Gaels.
With the 27th pick, the Swarm picked up another 2007 Minto Cup winner in defenseman Chris Courtney. To get the 27th pick, the Swarm sent a second round pick to Buffalo.
The Swarm selected goaltender Angus Goodleaf with the 51st pick. Goodleaf played for the Burnaby Lakers of the BC Jr A in 2007 and his team lost the Minto Cup to the Six Nations Arrows.
The Swarm traded their fifth rounder in 2008 to Philadelphia for the 60th and the Swarm selected forward Brad Favero. The Canisius grad played junior lacrosse lacrosse with the Burlington Chiefs and Spartan. He won a Presidents Cup with the Wellington Aces in 2006 and in 2007 with Wellington he had 10g 12a in 8 games.
With their final pick of the draft, #79, they selected Mike Paul who is from Saskatchewan but played this past season as a forward with the junior New Westminster Salmonbellies.