2019 NLL Draft Spotlight: Ryland Rees
Ryland Rees - RD
Hometown: Port Coquitlam, B.C.
School: Stony Brook University (NCAA DI)
Current Team: Burnaby Lakers (WLA)
Junior Teams: Port Coquitlam Saints & Coquitlam Adanacs (Jr. A)
What the Experts Say
“I’ve heard him compared to Graeme Hossack as a prospect. I’m not sure I’m prepared to go that far, but Rees has shown elite talent both in the box game and as an All-World selection at the 2018 world field lacrosse championships in Israel. While field lacrosse performance doesn’t accurately predict box success, being selected as one of the very best in the world the summer after you finished your junior box career is a good sign that you have some serious athleticism.” - Stephen Stamp, IL Indoor
“Ryland Rees might be the most NLL ready in this entire draft. He’s big, fast, strong, smart and has a good stick. The Stony Brook University grad is already considered to be one of the best defenders in the field game and has the skill set to potentially become an elite defender in box lacrosse.“ - Pat Gregoire, Lacrosse Flash
“I’ve spoken to a few GMs out there that have said, if they had their choice of anyone in the draft, Rees is at the top of their list. He’s ready to step into any roster right away, and be a main stay all year long. He’s been bitten by the injury bug a bit, but Rees is an athletic mobile D man that shouldn’t be passed up; he will be a prized pick in this year’s draft“ - Teddy Jenner, Lacrosse Flash
Lacrosse Flash Projected Draft Pick: 2nd Overall - Rochester Knighthawks
In the 2019 Expansion Draft, the new iteration of the Knigthawks made sure to go offence-heavy, landing Shawn Evans, Holden Cattoni, Curtis Knight, Dan Lintner, and Chris Wardle. Getting a defender with their franchises inaugural pick would go a long way to them finding success at both ends of the floor this season, and there isn’t a better one in this draft that Rees.
It’s a big deal to play for your country at any point in your career, but at just 21, Rees was was a starting long-stick midfielder for Canada at the 2018 World Field Lacrosse Championships.
In his collegiate career at Stony Brook, Rees had 22 ponts, 164 loose balls, and 60 caused turnovers in 51 games with the SeaWolves.
Playing box, he was a part of the 2018 Minto Cup champion Coquitlam Adanacs, but he spent his time before that playing in Port Coquitlam with the Saints. He had 83 points in 47 games during his junior career. He got his first taste of senior action with Burnaby this summer, and he featured in nine games while nabbing six points.
Rochester is going to need a top shutdown defender to build their core around, and Rees is that guy. He’s going to be a star in the NLL and a menace to the other team’s around the league.