2019 NLL Draft Spotlight: Liam LeClair
Liam LeClair - RD
Weight: 220 lbs
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario
Current Team: Six Nations Arrows (Jr A)
Junior Team(s): Windsor Clippers (Jr B)
What the Experts Say
“LeClair, like his former second-round draft pick brother Kellen, also played defense in university football at Windsor. Also like his brother, Liam blends size with agility and lacrosse IQ to be a rugged defender on the lacrosse floor while not taking unnecessary penalties.“ - Stephen Stamp, IL Indoor
"“ - Pat Gregoire, Lacrosse Flash
Lacrosse Flash Projected Draft Pick: 7th overall - Calgary Roughnecks
The Riggers will be vert excited by this pick, assuming he’s still on the board when they take to the podium to select seventh and eighth.
As Stamper mentioned in his breakdown, LeClair is the younger brother of Roughnecks defender Kellen, who was taken in the third round by Calgary back in 2015.
He went to the University of Windsor but elected to play football. On the floor, he spent three summers splitting time between the Windsor Clippers and Six Nations Arrows. He made the full-time jump to Junior A last summer and he’s been improving ever since.
He was able to collect 12 points in 20 games with the Arrows and even got to play as a call-up for the Chiefs — incluidng playing in the MSL final against the Peterborough Lakers.
LeClair is exactly what NLL teams are looking for in a defender. He’s got the big frame, is a pain for opposing forwards, and stays out of the box. He’s had just 18 penalty minutes in 40 Junior A games over the past two summers.
Calgary has a solid core group consisting of Tyson Bell, Zach Currier, Eli Salama and Reece Callies. They’ve lost captain Mike Carnegie, who signed with San Diego in the offseason. The defending champs already have a solid attack, but you can never have too many physical and skilled defenders on your roster.
LeClair is only scratching the surface of what he can do. A full-time workload in the MSL will give us a better idea of what he will turn into, but he’ll get to strut his talent on the highest stage in Cowtown this year.