“We’re very excited to have won the coin flip,” said Seals general manager and head coach Patrick Merrill. “It was great to be out there with [NLL Commissioner] Nick Sakiewicz and the Wings to officially kick things off. The first pick in the Entry Draft will open a lot of doors for the Seals in our inaugural season in San Diego. I have been looking forward to this moment since Day 1.”
By winning the coin toss, San Diego had the option to choose between first picks in September’s Entry Draft and July’s Expansion Draft. Merrill opted for the chance to pick the top player available out of a pool comprised of recent college graduates and those who are finishing their Jr. ‘A’ careers in Canada.
Historically, the first-overall pick in the Entry Draft has proven to be a star. Of the eight No. 1s since 2010, two have won Most Valuable Player awards and three were named Rookie of the Year. Merrill himself was selected first overall in 2002.
Both San Diego and Philadelphia currently own selections in the first round of the Entry Draft. They will each have two picks in the second, third and fourth rounds, and one each in the fifth and sixth.
The Seals will pick second in the Expansion Draft on July 16.
San Diego begins play in November at Valley View Casino Center.