2019 NLL Draft Spotlight: Andrew Kew
Andrew Kew - LF
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario
School: University of Tampa (NCAA DII)
Current Team: Oakville Rock (Major Series Lacrosse)
Junior Teams: Mimico Mountaineers & Burlington Chiefs (Jr. A), Oakville Buzz (Jr. B)
What the Experts Say
"Kew is a prototypical big lefty forward. He is coming off a second strong Major Series Lacrosse season with Oakville, once again being the leading scorer for a team loaded with NLL players." - Stephen Stamp, IL Indoor
"Kew is a natural goal scorer and he's a lefty, which makes him even more valuable. A ton of people say he's just an outside shooter but there's way more to his game than just his perimeter play. He will drive to the net, he can score from in tight and he's actually an underrated passer. Although most have Kew at the top of their mock draft, he's worked all summer on being a more complete player. Crashing, banging, setting picks and focusing on getting back to the bench hard to take away scoring opportunities." - Pat Gregoire, Lacrosse Flash
Kew’s name has been at the top of most draft boards for a few years now and it would be the shock of the draft if he isn’t taken first over-all. At 6’3, 200- Kew could use a few extra pounds to help his body endure the riggers of the NLL but if his first two season in the MSL are any indicator, he’s ready for the big time. Kew will be a heavy point producer for many years in the NLL.” - Teddy Jenner, Lacrosse Flash
Lacrosse Flash Projected Draft Pick: 1st Overall - New York Riptide
Both the 2020 and 2021 draft have clear headliners — assuming Tehoka Nanticoke plays out his full NCAA career. However, this year, there was a chance for several individuals to grab the reigns as the concensus top pick.
Now that the summer season is all but over, it’s clear who the top dog is, and that’s Andrew Kew.
The 6-foot-3 lefty made his mark in Division II, tearing it up with the University of Tampa. Over his four years with the Spartans, he scored 259 goals — including an 86-goal sophomore campaign — and 334 points. In the box game, the Oakville, Ont., native made his way up the junior ranks, first with the Oakville Buzz in Junior B and then the Burlington Chiefs in Junior A.
Kew was traded to Mimico as a rental during the 2017 season, and he made an appearance in that year’s Minto Cup. Oakville was still able to protect him in the MSL Draft, and he was their best offensive player this summer. He finished fifth in MSL scoring with 57 points and second in goals with 29.
The New York Riptide knew exactly what they were doing when they opted to concede the first pick in the expansion draft in order to nab the No. 1 selection in the entry draft. They were able to add some solid pieces to their front-end during expansion.
Tyler Digby had one of his best seasons as a pro last season and filled in nicely while Callum Crawford sat out during his suspension, Kieran McArdle and Connor Kelly both have the chance to put together big seasons, and Jordan Durston — the team’s top selection — is going to play a big role in the offence.
Having a left side consisting of Durston, Kew, and McArdle will give the Riptide a little bit of everything on offence. They’ll certainly be a tall, physical bunch that won’t have any issues with putting the ball in the net.