The Gajic brothers, Ilija, Nenard Alex, are in for an interesting season in Colorado with the new additions of John Grant and Mac Allen at their side. How is this going to affect their play, and how will their's affect the Colorado Mammoth? Here is your player preview, Alex, Nenard and Ilija Gajic.
Let's start off with Nenard, the oldest of the Gajic brothers. He was the #39 overall pick of the San Jose Stealth in the 2004 NLL draft. He became a free agent after he did not sign and sat out two seasons, as he wanted to pursue a hockey career at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Before 2007, Nenard signed with the Colorado Mammoth. In 2007, he scored 37 points and was named to the all-rookie team and the all-star team. Nenard is also the captain of the New Westminster Salmonbellies in the Western Lacrosse Association, but he missed the entire 2009 season because of injury.
Alex, in his first NLL season, was 38th in the NLL in points. Alex was the #5 overall pick by the Mammoth in the 2009 entry draft. He played at Denver University and the Junior A Barnaby Lakers before the NLL. At DU, he played 13 games while scoring 16 goals and six assists. In Burnaby, he was named team MVP as he led them to two championships.
Last season on Colorado Alex scored 26 goals in 16 games with 22 assists and 57 loose balls.
Ilija was originally selected #2 overall by the Rochester Knighthawks in the 2009 NLL draft. He was traded to Colorado for lon time fan favorite Gavin Prount. Ilija joined his brother Alex as a rookie on Colorado. In ten games, he scored 16 goals with 11 assists and 54 loose balls. He also attended the University of Denver. Ilija suffered a few injuries during the season, which held him to only ten games.
The Mammoth have locked up all three Gajic brothers for the upcoming season, with Mammoth general manager Steve Govett saying, “We want the Gajic brothers to be an integral part of this team for years to come,”
The Gajic brothers look to be on a better offensive club this season, with the additions of John Grant and Mac Allen, as well as Jamie Shewchuck returning. As the two Gajic brothers return for their Sophomore season, and Nenard returns a veteran, the Mammoth as a whole look to return a better team.