ILIndoor Top 50: Jeff Shattler #8

Jeff Shattler can do a little bit of everything, which adds up to a whole lot of impact. (Photo: Brad Watson)
Jeff Shattler can do a little bit of everything, which adds up to a whole lot of impact. (Photo: Brad Watson)

When you get to this level of a Top 50 list, you look for something a player does better than everyone else. And for Jeff Shattler, that includes just about everything. He scores, he passes, he works, he leads transition and he defends. When Shattler’s on the floor, whether it’s for the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks or the Western Lacrosse Association’s Victoria Shamrocks, he’s a busy man. The 6-foot, 185-pound left-hander who was born in Edmonton is listed as a forward, but his game is not limited to a definition. If you need a goal scored or defended, he’s capable of handling both duties and given the way his game is so universal, the best way to define him is as one of the game’s best in the world today.

It was just 2 winters ago that Shattler was named MVP of the NLL. He hasn’t drifted far from that form since, especially considering his 74-point (33-41) season with Calgary last winter was just 1 point below the 75 points of his MVP season. But like we said before, he does so much more than offense.

He was among Calgary’s leaders in forced turnovers (9) among forwards, and his 86 loose balls led Calgary’s forward by a large margin. Only 3 other Riggers had more than Shattler’s 7 power-play goals and his 11 points (3-8) in 2 playoff games led the team.

And although his offensive numbers fell of off his usual summer pace, he managed to drop a respectable 49 points (24-25) for a team loaded with offensive talent. His 24 goals were third-most for the Shamrocks in the regular season, impressive considering he spent 31 minutes in the penalty box. But he managed to ramp up the discipline (10 PIM) once the playoffs started, leading the Shamrocks with 34 points (8-26) in 9 WLA playoff games while tying for the team lead with 2 power-play goals.

He turned it up yet another notch in the Mann Cup, leading Victoria with 22 points (9-13) in the 6-game series. Seven of those points came on the power play and he was credited with 1 game-winning goal during the series.

No matter how you view Shattler, as a forward or a transition man, there’s little question that he’s a steady producer at whatever position you want him to be in. His speed and quickness, combined with the ability to make smart decisions no matter the situation, make him a clear asset to any team he’s on and if that happens to be a team you’re a fan of, there’s a pretty good chance that you can count on making plans for the playoffs.

ILIndoor’s take

“In my opinion there is no better all-round player in the game today than Jeff Shattler, he simply does it all. While his creativity and offensive talents continue to develop and improve, Jeff doesn’t sacrifice defense or grit like many others do when the points start to flow. In the Tavares mold, Shattler is a consistent gamer and rarely goes missing in action. “Shats” is destined to be one of the all-time greats and climbed a long way from some humble beginnings. Jeff’s hi tempo 2-way game came before its time in the transition crazy NLL and with it Shattler gives Calgary an edge in the West in 2014 as everyone cuts back to 16 runners per game.” – Marty O’Neill

“Shattler is a remarkably talented O guy that still approaches the game with the grit and feistiness of the D/transition player he used to be. He can create shots for himself or his teammates and he’s more than willing to go wherever he needs to to be effective.” – Stephen Stamp

“Shattler’s one of the few players in the game who can do damage anytime, anywhere. It really makes him a fun player to watch because you never know what’s going to come next from him. And if it’s tough for fans to keep up with him, imagine how fun that’s got to be for opponents. He produces on offense and gets transition started with his abilities in the back end. He’s got a motor that doesn’t quit and leads by example.” – Bob Chavez

Top 50

No. 50: Aaron Bold
No. 49: Brad Self
No. 48: Jesse Gamble
No. 47: Rory Smith
No. 46: Kiel Matisz
No. 45: Lewis Ratcliff
No. 44: Johnny Powless
No. 43: Tyler Hass
No. 42: Sid Smith
No. 41: Brett Mydske
No. 40: Stephan Leblanc
No. 39: Kevin Ross
No. 38: Jeff Moleski
No. 37: Drew Westervelt
No. 36: Jeff Gilbert
No. 35: Ryan Ward
No. 34: Cory Vitarelli
No. 33: Kyle Sorensen
No. 32: Corey Small
No. 31: Shawn Williams
No. 30: Scott Ranger
No. 29: Mark Steenhuis
No. 28: Casey Powell
No. 27: Josh Sanderson
No. 26: Brandon Miller
No. 25: Mike Grimes
No. 24: Chris Corbeil
No. 23: Kevin Crowley
No. 22: Geoff Snider
No. 21: John Tavares
No. 20: Mark Matthews
No. 19: Dan Dawson
No. 18: Andrew Suitor
No. 17: Jordan MacIntosh
No. 16: Adam Jones
No. 15: Callum Crawford
No. 14: Tyler Richards
No. 13: Ryan Benesch
No. 12: Dane Dobbie
No. 11: Brodie Merrill
No. 10: Colin Doyle
No. 9: Matt Vinc

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