Wings felt like lottery winners at the draft

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 7:44 AM ET

Philadelphia Wings coach Lindsay Sanderson couldn't believe Geoff Snider was still available when their first pick came up at the National Lacrosse League draft.

Then when it came time to make their second pick, Athan Iannucci was still around.

"I thought I had won a lottery when those two were both available," Sanderson said before the game yesterday.

"In my opinion, those two were the one-two picks in the whole league."

Sanderson expects one of the two Canadians to be this season's rookie of the year. He also expects them both to be dominant in the NLL.

"There's no real growing pains for them because they've played against men for the last two years," Sanderson said. "This isn't new to them, because they've done it, they've dominated on both their teams during the summer."

Snider, 25, from Calgary, was taken by the Wings with the fourth pick. He was predicted to go first overall after leading Canada to the World Lacrosse Championships during the summer where he was named tournament MVP.

"He's a fierce competitor," Sanderson said.

"He's a great face-off guy and loose-ball man. He's a great skill guy. There is not one part of his game that he's weak at."


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