And here we are again, kicking off ILIndoor’s annual ranking of players. It’s been a staple of the site for a few years and this year, we’ve added a bit of a twist. Turning to the old maxim that 2 heads are better than 1, we’ve got 3 involved in this year’s edition of the Top 50. ILIndoor’s Bob Chavez, Stephen Stamp and Marty O’Neill put together their own lists of the Top 50 players and then through the magic of whatever it is that gets it done, those 3 lists were morphed into 1. The fun part is it’s all opinion, which can also be the debatable part. The bottom line is that the ranking this year will look quite different than in years past. Some players jumped way up, others dropped way down. It’s the nature of the opinionated beast and today, we kick off the list with Edmonton Rush goalie Aaron Bold.
A final note: The profiles of the Top 50 players won’t be accompanied by as much copy as before, pointing out stats and such. Instead, each of the 3 minds behind this masterpiece will offer their thoughts as to why this player belongs among the Top 50. We also won’t be including last year’s ranking for the player, if he had one, because having 3 opinions produce the rankings just doesn’t mix well with old thoughts. Think of this as a fresh start for the player rankings.
That said, Bold is a goalie well-known for his athletic prowess between the pipes. He’s in shape and it shows as he moves well to cover angles and he’s been around long enough now to have a solid knowledge of the shooters he’s facing each weekend. That ability resulted in a goals-against average of 10.56 that ranked fourth-best in the NLL among regular keepers, even though his save percentage of .744 dropped him a bit farther down the list.
Still, with one of the NLL’s best defenses in front of him, he benefited greatly from the help of runners. But he definitely holds up his end of the bargain by making key stops and having the faith of his defensive partners, which goes a long way toward explaining his 8-5 win-loss record, the 8 wins tying him with 2 other keepers for third-most in 2013.
He didn’t play summer lacrosse in 2013 so the NLL work he did last winter is all we have to go on, but we think that work speaks volumes.
“Bold had to wait for a chance to become a starter, but he seized it when it arrived in Edmonton. He has proven that when he’s on his game he can be as good as any goalie in the league.” – Stephen Stamp
“Very good goalie on the verge of ? Bold showed some flashes of greatness in 2012 and battled with consistency most of last year. The irony here is Bold is a veteran goalie having paid his dues but never made any impact with steady playing time until 2012. 2014 represents the year Edmonton should see the full return on its playing time investment with Bold.” — Marty O’Neill
“I like how Bold works so well with the Edmonton unit. It’s a machine with a lot of mean, aggressive and moving parts. Before his arrival, the Rush had 1 playoff appearance in 6 seasons. But they’ve been there the last 2 seasons with Bold in cage so he’s definitely doing his part to keep the machine humming.” – Bob Chavez
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