2019 NLL Draft Spotlight: Holden Garlent
Holden Garlent - LT
Hometown: Thorold, Ontario
School: Canisius (NCAA DI)
Current Team: Brooklin Lacrosse Club (MSL)
Junior Team(s): St. Catherines Spartans (Jr B), St. Catherines Athletics & Six Nations Arrows (Jr A)
What the Experts Say
“The most important elements to Garlent’s effectiveness are his positioning, anticipation and blazing speed. He doesn’t pound opponents but is solid defensively and can be deadly in transition.”- Stephen Stamp, IL Indoor
“"Big, fast, strong and very smart. Garlent is exactly what the new age defender looks like. He's got a great stick and can hurt you in transition as well. I've been a big fan since he won a Minto Cup in 2017 with the Six Nations Arrows and he continues to elevate his game each time he steps on the floor."“ - Pat Gregoire, Lacrosse Flash
Lacrosse Flash Projected Draft Pick: 4th Overall - Saskatchewan Rush
The rich continue to get richer in this year’s draft, as the Saskatchewan Rush — who have won three championships in the last five years — have a top-five selection this year.
How, you may ask. This pick was acquired back in 2015 while the team was still in Edmonton. Corey Small headed the other way to Vancouver, and with the Warriors still having trouble making the playoffs, the Rush benefit big time.
Derek Keenan is an absolute wizard, and despite having arguably the most talented roster in the entire league, his prior moves have landed him his son, Ryan, Mike Messenger, and Connor Robinson with top five picks over the previous three drafts. In case it wasn’t already abundantly clear, he’s going to land another stud this year, and with no real dire needs, he can select the best player available.
Garlent just completed his second full season of senior duty with Brooklin. With a younger team on both ends, the Thorold, Ont., native had more responsibility, and he rose to the occasion. His defensive play was solid and he pitched in five goals and 13 points.
From the second he stepped on campus at Canisius, Garlent was a starter. He received his first All-Conference honours in his sophomore year and in 2019, he led the Griffins in caused turnovers (26) and was second in ground balls (35). His CTO total was the second-best in a single season in school history.
Over his three-year collegiate career, Garlent had 14 points, 110 loose balls and 55 caused turnovers in 48 games.
He renounced his final year of NCAA eligibility in order to make the jump to pro ball, and he’s more than ready to fill a spot on a roster. If he does end up going to the Rush, he’ll be playing alongside the likes of Kyle Rubisch, Chris Corbeil, Messenger, Ryan Dilks, Brett Mydske, and the Cornwall brothers.
If you thought it wasn’t possible for the Rush’s defensive corps to get any scarier, think again.