2019 NLL Draft Spotlight: Ryan MacSpadyen
Ryan McSpadyen - LT
Weight: 180 lbs
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
School: Mercy (NCAA DII)
Current Team: Brooklin Lacrosse Club (MSL)
Junior Team(s): Toronto Beaches (Jr A)
What the Experts Say
“As a late entrant to college, MacSpadyen already has four years of experience in senior lacrosse. He had his lowest-scoring MSL season this summer, with just 4 goals and 3 assists, but looked more like his usual speedy and confident self as the season progressed. He is probably more ready to step in and contribute for an established contender than most defenders in the draft. McSpadyen is slight but compensates for it with lacrosse IQ and exceptionally quick feet.“ - Stephen Stamp, IL Indoor
"McSpayden has proven that he can play at the next level after four very strong seasons in Major Series Lacrosse with Brooklin. The Toronto Beaches Jr A grad has outstanding speed and athleticism paired with tremendous lacrosse IQ. Although this past summer was his lowest scoring season in his MSL career, McSpayden has proven he can be incredibly effective in transition, whether that’s pushing the ball up the floor with pace to create scoring opportunities or just making smart crisp outlet passes out of the defensive end.“ - Pat Gregoire, Lacrosse Flash
Lacrosse Flash Projected Draft Pick: 9th overall - Saskatchewan Rush
There might not be a more interesting player in this first round than MacSpadyen this year. For one, he technically was already drafted once.
Back in 2015, he was selected in the fifth round, 41st overall, by the New England Black Wolves. However, because he had previously decided to go to school, he was deemed ineligible.
Glenn Clark and the Black Wolves took that late-round flier on a player they had seen come up through the Beaches system. He spent a full five years with the Beaches, where he had 31 goals and 60 points in 57 career games. He was selected by Brooklin in the third round of the 2016 MSL Draft.
He didn’t miss a game in either of his first two seasons in MSL and managed to post 30 points over that span. After another 14-point campaign in 2018, MacSpadyen had his least productive season in the league. However, that can also be chalked up slightly to Brooklin having a younger roster than they’re used to.
MacSpadyen made an immediate impact upon arriving at Mercy College. He played in 15 games and had 43 points in his freshman year. He had 133 goals and 239 points as well as 62 ground balls in 67 games with the Mavericks.
As a defender that will turn 25 mid-season, MacSpadyen could present a lot of value to a team like the Rush, who are still going to be a championship favourite this season. They really don’t have a need, they’re stacked across the board, but adding some extra bodies on the defensive end never hurts. We have them taking MacSpadyen’s Brooklin teammate, Holden Garlent, with the fourth overall selection. Derek Keenan obviously knows these two well, so it wouldn’t be surprising at all to see MacSpadyen go at the back half of the top 10.
It’ll be hard to crack the lineup on a consistent basis, but his physical maturity and four full years playing MSL should have him much more prepared than others. With some of the bigger bodies the Rush have on the back end, his smarts and speed would be a welcomed addition.