Fan poll: Who will be NLL’s MVP in 2013?

Does Edmonton goalie Aaron Bold belong in the discussion of NLL MVPs for the 2103 season? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)
Does Edmonton goalie Aaron Bold belong in the discussion of NLL MVPs for the 2103 season? (Photo: Larry Palumbo)

We’re less than 3 weeks away from the start of the National Lacrosse League season for 2013, but we’re betting your brain is already there. That’s what we’re banking on as we chart the results of the various reader polls we’ve begun to post. So what follows for today’s particular topic is who you think will be the NLL’s Most Valuable Player for this season. The list you’ll see has a few of the regular contenders and some new fellas we think could make a run. Of course, the actual winner could come outta the woodwork and blow away everyone by surprise. That’s the way it goes and that’s part of the season we love pro sports like lacrosse so much. So get at it. Get your vote on and if you forget to check back in May to see how your prediction turned out, sit tight. We just might handle that for ya.

Can Colorado’s John Grant Jr. defend his MVP crown? He’s got a solid supporting cast in Colorado and he’s fresh off a Mann Cup win in Peterborough, so he’s got some winning momentum, that’s for sure. Toronto’s Garrett Billings was thisclose to an MVP season with his triple-digit season, but with what Junior did in Colorado, Billings’ timing was a bit off.

Cody Jamieson led the Knighthawks to a championship, Minnesota’s Ryan Benesch can score points with the best of ‘em, and Washington’s Lewis Ratcliff piles up the points for a team that has played in 2 of the last 3 NLL title games but will have plenty of motivation after missing last year’s playoffs. Same for teammate Rhys Duch, whose stickwork and nose for the goal are among the best in the game.

Nicknames like “Superman” for Curtis Dickson in Calgary aren’t just thrown on him. He earned it. And Shawn Evans has been a consistent scorer for years in the NLL, including last year, his first in Calgary. Is this the year he breaks it out? Goalie Aaron Bold and defender Kyle Rubisch can state their case as part of one of the NLL’s best defensive units, while Kevin Crowley and Dan Dawson, teammates in Philadelphia, also have the offensive skill to separate themselves from the pack.

Take a look at the list and vote for who you like. If you think we left out a deserving candidate, chat it up over at WingsZone.com.

Who will be the NLL's MVP this season?

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Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at bob.chavez@nllinsider.com or go to RochesterSports.com.

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