ILIndoor fan poll: Who will be the best offensive player for the 2013 NLL season?

Where does Rochester's Cody Jamieson rank among the best offensive players in the NLL? (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)
Where does Rochester's Cody Jamieson rank among the best offensive players in the NLL? (Photo: Ward Laforme Jr.)

Your options are plenty and they are varied. You have the muscle men who don’t think twice of dropping their shoulder and plowing through opponents to clear space on the crease. And then you have the artists, the shooters who prefer time and space from the perimeter to launch their rocket of a shot. And then you have the combination. The guy who can pull off the stick fake on the perimeter that freezes a defender, allowing that shooter to pull the stick back in and make a dash for the crease where he can cash in. There are lots of skills that make up and define the offensive players in today’s game but today, we are searching for who you think will be the National Lacrosse League’s best offensive player for the 2013 season.

Of course, a lot of lists start and end with Colorado’s John Grant Jr. Whether that’s true or not for you, Junior at least belongs on any list. Washington’s Athan Iannucci puts his lanky frame to use in marvelous ways, and his strength is deceptive.

Toronto’s Garrett Billings had MVP numbers last season, except Junior had ‘more better’ MVP numbers. Cody Jamieson did what many thought he’d do and will do again in leading the Knighthawks to a championship, and Dane Dobbie, Shawn Evans and Curtis Dickson could split votes as teammates in Calgary. There’s no denying the talent in any of that trio, though, and they’ll run through brick walls if it meant winning a game.

Can rookie Mark Matthews challenge for such an elite tag so early in his career? We all know what John Tavares can do in Buffalo, because that’s the only place he’s done it for more than 20 years. And Luke Wiles showed last season that he can be quite comfortable there too.

The choices are in front of you and we’re sure there’s someone not on this list that you think should be. If that’s the way you feel, get the discussion started over at WingsZone.com. But vote anyway, will ya?

Who will be the best offensive player in the NLL 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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