(San Diego, CA – September 17, 2020) – The San Diego Seals selected seven players, including two first rounders, in the 2020 NLL Entry Draft on Thursday night.
“We feel confident with the players selected in tonight’s draft,” said General Manager and Head Coach Patrick Merrill. “We added guys who are talented, dedicated and excited about their NLL careers. On behalf of the entire Seals organization, I’d like to welcome these players to the Seals family, and we can’t wait to see their talents on the floor.”
With the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NLL Entry Draft, the Seals selected Tre Leclaire, a right-handed forward out of Ohio State University. Leclaire, 22, ranks second in school history with 135 career goals in 54 games. His 173 career points (135G, 38A) are sixth most in program history. The 6-2, 210-pound forward is a three-time All-American and a two-time All-Big Ten selection. He ranked sixth in the country in career goals scored amongst active players through the end of the 2020 season and has scored at least 26 goals in every season of his career despite having his 2020 season cut short to just seven games due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
San Diego then selected forward Mac O’Keefe with the 15th overall selection in the draft. O’Keefe ranks in the top-ten in NCAA Division I history in goals scored and holds the Big Ten and program records for goals scored. He is a three-time All-American and has earned All-Big Ten honors twice. The 6-0, 180-pound forward ranks third in program history and 10th in the Big Ten with 234 points. He was voted the 2019 Big Ten Tournament MVP and won four Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week awards.
The Seals added depth when the team selected Danny Logan from the University of Denver, Rob Stovel from Providence College and California native Troy Loper. San Diego rounded out the draft with a variety of talent highlighted by athletiticism and strength. Below is the complete draft list:
|1||4||Tre Leclaire||F||Ohio State|
|1||15||Mac O’Keefe||F||Penn State|
|6||84||Troy Loper||T||Cleveland State|
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