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NLL Names Eli McLaughlin Second-Team All-Pro and Kyle Killen All-Rookie

July 19, 2019 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) - Colorado Mammoth News Release

The National Lacrosse League today announced its 2019 All-Pro and All-Rookie teams. Mammoth forward Eli McLaughlin, the team's leading goal-scorer, was named a Second-Team All-Pro while forward Kyle Killen, who scored the most Mammoth goals behind McLaughlin in 2018-19, was named an All-Rookie.

This is the first time that McLaughlin has been recognized among the league's elite players on an All-Pro team. The Coquitlam, B.C. native was selected in the first round (4th overall) in the 2014 Entry Draft, and after a standout inaugural season with the Mammoth, he earned All-Rookie status in 2015.  In the next three years, McLaughlin steadily improved, setting and then re-setting personal records. Then, in the 2018-19 season, his fifth with the Mammoth, the 25-year-old took off, starting the season with a hat trick against the San Diego Seals on December 22, 2018, then continuing what would become a 14-game scoring streak. His offensive dominance - "dominance' meaning a 76-point season from 35 goals, the seventh-most goals scored in the league, and 41 assists - may have seemed sudden, but it really wasn't. "Liger', as he is affectionately called by the Mammoth faithful , had worked hard, continuing to step up his game, year-after-year - his stats tell the story - and in 2019, all that work culminated into a season worthy of team and league recognition.

Killen, a rookie in 2018-19, was the Mammoth's the second round (22nd overall) selection in the 2018 Entry Draft.

After the Draft, Mammoth head Coach Pat Coyle said, "Honestly, we expected Killen to go at least 10 spots earlier. He's a great goal scorer and adds depth to our offense. We're really lucky to get him.

"Looking at our team in 2017-18, that was one thing we felt we really needed to address was goal scoring, and we got a goal scorer."

Coyle was dead-on. The Mammoth got a 22-year-old righty goal scorer with a knack for behind-the-back lasers reminiscent of those scored by a young John Grant, Jr.  The Rochester Institute of Technology alumnus led 2019 NLL rookies in power play goals (10) and netted the second-most goals (28) among 2019 NLL rookies in 15 games played, scoring in all but one appearance in 2018-19.

Together, McLaughlin and Killen scored over one-third of the Mammoth's 2018-19 regular-season goals, and both were on the list of the top-15 NLL goal scorers on the season. That's good news for the Mammoth. What is great news about these rising stars is that they're young, both under the age of 26, and they have room and time to improve. The best years for the Mammoth's 2019 All-Pro and All-Rookie are still to come.


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