2019 NLL Draft Spotlight: Trevor Smyth
Trevor Smyth - LT
Weight: 195 lbs
Hometown: Orangeville, Ontario
School: RIT (NCAA DIII)
Current Team: Oakville Rock (MSL)
Junior Team(s): Orangeville Northmen (Jr A & B)
What the Experts Say
“Smyth doesn’t seem to garner much attention, but I think he is one of the most consistently dependable defenders in the draft. He shows a knack for sound decision-making in the defensive zone both in one-on-one and help coverage, as well as in transition, where he quietly put up pretty good numbers for the Rock.“ - Stephen Stamp, IL Indoor
"At the start of the season with the Oakville Rock, sometimes a whole game would by and you wouldn’t notice Trevor Smyth, which is a good thing for a defender. But as the season progressed, Smyth got more and more comfortable and started to impress eve more. The Orangeville, ON native was started to cause more turnovers, win more loose ball battles and even started to look more confident pushing the ball in transition. It should come as no surprise that Smyth is another Jr A Northmen grad with incredibly high lacrosse IQ.“ - Pat Gregoire, Lacrosse Flash
Lacrosse Flash Projected Draft Pick: 11th Overall - Georgia Swarm
Smyth split his junior years between the Junior A and B Orangeville Northmen. He made his full-time jump to Junior A and had 11 points in 25 games.
When he made the move to the senior ranks, he started in Senior B with the Oakville Titans, but he quickly proved his value, posting a point per game with them. Smyth’s first full year in the MSL came this year with the Oakville Rock. In 18 games this year, he had nine goals and 15 points.
During his collegiate career at RIT — a top program for breeding NLL talent — he had 22 goals, 43 points, 165 loose balls and 81 caused turnovers in 74 games.
Georgia, like the Rush, don’t have a glaring need in this draft. They lost a player on each end of the floor in the expansion draft, with John Ranagan going to New York and Holden Cattoni to Rochester.
Smyth only got better with experience this summer in Oakville. He’s steady on his own defensive end and plays the Swarm’s style. They like to get up and down the floor in a hurry and convert in transition. He’ll get acclimated to the NLL quickly, but it may take him a little longer to reach his true ceiling. The veteran defenders on the Swarm will help him immediately.