2019 NLL Draft Spotlight: Zach Manns
Zach Manns - LF
Weight: 180 lbs
Hometown: Victoria, B.C.
School: Drexel (NCAA DI)
Current Team: Victoria Shamrocks (Jr A)
What the Experts Say
“Well, Manns had some very quiet games this summer against Coquitlam, the gold standard in defensive play in the BCJALL. He looked good, though, in the playoffs and Minto Cup. That bodes well for his chance of performing well against men. Most knowledgeable lacrosse people I’ve spoken too think he may not be ready to play in the NLL, but his long-term potential is tempting.“ - Stephen Stamp, IL Indoor
"After a tremendous Minto Cup performance, there’s a good chance that Manns will be the second lefty off the board come draft night. He’s a pure goal scorer with shifty moves and great lacrosse IQ. He still needs to work on becoming a more well rounded player, but his natural goal scoring ability is something that cannot be taught.“ - Pat Gregoire, Lacrosse Flash
“Declaring shortly before the Minto Cup, Manns would make sure people took notice of his game on the big stage. Leading the Jr Shamrocks in points and assists during the regular season, he then added a team high 10 goals in the Minto. Manns is a silky player with great floor awareness and lacrosse IQ. He very well could be the second lefty forward off the board.” - Teddy Jenner, Lacrosse Flash
Lacrosse Flash Projected Draft Pick: 8th overall - Calgary Roughnecks
This is earlier than we were expecting to be talking about Manns as a prospect in the NLL draft, but after renouncing his final year of NCAA eligibility, he’s one prospect that’s stock is flying high.
Manns has put together a solid resume for himself over his junior career, but it’s his incredible output this summer that has him poised to be a first-rounder. In his first full season of Junior A, he finished second in BCJALL scoring with 105 points in 21 games — his 67 assists were the highest total league-wide. He followed that up with 26 points in seven playoff games. Manns showed up in the Minto Cup as well, posting 10 goals and 18 points in seven games.
The 20-year-old played for Drexel in both 2017 and 2018, but didn’t feature in a game last season. He decided to enter the draft early, and with teams always looking for players with his skill set, he won’t have to wait around long in the draft.
Calgary seems like a perfect spot for Manns in this draft. The Riggers just lost Riley Loewen, who signed with the Vancouver Warriors on Friday. That leaves them with Dane Dobbie, Jesse King, and Dan Taylor on the left side of the offence. That’ll make it easy for the team to ease the youngster into the fold.
It would likely be a situation where he sits and learns behind the many veteran forwards on this team for a year or two before stepping into a prominent role in the offence. It never hurts to have depth at a position, and with the Roughnecks not picking again until the third round, they need to capitalize on their two first-rounders.