2019 NLL Draft Spotlight: Tyson Gibson
Tyson Gibson - RF
Hometown: Maple, Ontario
School: Robert Morris (NCAA DI)
Current Team: Victoria Shamrocks (WLA)
Junior Team(s): Brampton Excelsiors (Jr A)
What the Experts Say
“Gibson has been a key contributor to the Shamrocks run to a Mann Cup berth this summer, more than making up for any concerns after he was limited to six games and just 12 points in his sophomore regular season in the WLA. Gibson is a horse with an effective inside game and unselfish approach that will make him a popular teammate.“ - Stephen Stamp, IL Indoor
"Gibson has the perfect blend of skill and grit that will make him a great NLL forward. He was a scoring machine in Junior with Brampton, netting 365 points in 89 regular season games and is continuing to show he can produce at the next level with Victoria. “ - Pat Gregoire, Lacrosse Flash
“The top right-hander in the draft, Gibson’s stock has continued to rise over the past two years. As a member of the Victoria Shamrocks, Gibson has shown that he can be a number 1 threat as well as very reliable grinder. His ability to get to the front of the net makes him very tough to match-up against. His name won’t be on the board long.” - Teddy Jenner, Lacrosse Flash
Lacrosse Flash Projected Draft Pick: 3rd overall - New England Black Wolves
As the son of a former pro, you get to see the game from a different perspective — and you surely have lacrosse in the bloodlines. Unlike his father, Daryl, who spent 13 seasons as a defender in the NLL, Tyson enjoys playing on the other side of the ball.
The Maple, Ont., native had a fantastic junior career as a member of the Brampton Excelsiors, amassing 365 points across 89 contests. After playing high school ball for St. Michael’s College in Toronto, he made his way to Moon Township, PA and Robert Morris University — a hotbed for Canadian talent. He finished with 161 points in 63 career games with the Colonials and helped the program to its first two NEC conference championships in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
With his father serving an assistant with New England — who just happen to be picking third — it’s pretty much a slam dunk that Gibson will be off the board third, assuming one of the expansion teams doesn’t take him with the first two picks. They have this pick as a result of trading Kevin Crowley to the Philadelphia Wings last year.
The Black Wolves lost Tyler Digby to expansion, freeing up a spot on the right side of the floor. Callum Crawford is obviously the top righty, but Gibson can slide into a nice role alongside one of the league’s most prominent offensive threats.
New England made it to the NLL Playoffs last season, and with an up-and-coming tender in Doug Jamieson, a hungry defence, and a new weapon added to the attack, they’ll make another case to be back again in 2020.