2019 NLL Draft Spotlight: Clarke Petterson
Clarke Petterson - RF
Weight: 185 lbs
Hometown: Mimico, Ontario
School: Cornell (NCAA DI)
Current Team: Brampton Excelsiors (Sr A)
Junior Team(s): Brampton Excelsiors (Jr A)
What the Experts Say
“Good hands, good speed and strong floor vision make Petterson a good candidate to step into the NLL and contribute immediately as a complementary player who doesn’t need the ball in his stick all the time to help his teammates find scoring opportunities” - Stephen Stamp, IL Indoor
"Petterson has some great athleticism, paired with even better lacrosse IQ. The Cornell grad got better and better as the season progressed in his MSL rookie campaign with the Brampton Excelsiors. With 47 points in his first year against grown men, he will have no problem making the transition to the NLL and being a steady contributor” - Pat Gregoire, Lacrosse Flash
Lacrosse Flash Projected Draft Pick: 6th overall - Colorado Mammoth
The way the rankings look like they’re going to shake out, the Mammoth may land a guy that some considered to have the potential to go first overall.
Petterson has grown up through the Brampton system, playing junior for a full five summers with the Excels. Playing alongside projected 2020 first overall pick Jeff Teat, Petterson had a ridiculous 2018 summer, putting up 97 points in 18 regular season games. Not impressive enough? Alright. He followed up that performance with 101 POINTS IN 21 PLAYOFF GAMES.
He was protected by the Excelsiors in the 2019 MSL Draft and he made a seamless jump to the top tier. With a young, up-and-coming Brampton squad, Petterson posted 17 goals and 47 points in 16 games.
Petterson also played alongside teat at Cornell, where he had 112 goals and 172 points in 59 career games for the Big Red. That set him up as a top-10 scorer in school history. The righty also became the first sophomore in program history to become a captain.
At the end of his NCAA career, Pettersson earned all-conference honours in 2017 and 2019 and was named an honourable mention USILA All-American as a senior.
He also spent time playing for Redwoos LC in the PLL this summer, where he had 12 points in seven games.
Other than in the cage, the Mammoth could use an injection of skill everywhere. Yes, they do have Jeremy Noble, Jacob Ruest, Kyle Killen and Ryan Lee on the right side, but their playoff run this past season covered up the fact that they finished with the second-lowest goal total in the league.
With a talent like Petterson on your squad, you find a way to get your other weapons involved, because he has to potential to run the offence alongside Eli McLaughlin.
Colorado has four picks in the first three rounds, so they can still add some solid pieces to make their team better later on. The important thing with this pick is to get the best player available and Petterson is definitely that.