Wednesday, February 22, 2012

NLL Midseason Awards and Playoff Projections

With the National Lacrosse League All-Star Game coming up on Saturday in Buffalo, its time to hand out some midseason awards and update the playoff predictions.

Midseason Most Valuable Player- Jon Grant, Jr., Colorado. If you need me to explain this, you haven't watched much lacrosse. Junior is having one of his best season's which is saying a lot for one of the all-time greats. He is either leads the league in goals and points and second in assists and power play goals. On top of that, he is leading Colorado to an undefeated record and has done a great job working with a lot of young talent.

Midseason Offensive Player of the Year- John Grant, Jr., Colorado. Again, no contest, see above.

Midseason Defensive Player of the Year- Pat McCready, Rochester. The veteran is top 10 in loose balls among all runners and one of the top scoring defensemen with 12 points.

Midseason Transition Player of the Year- Geoff Snider, Calgary. Snider leads the league in loose balls and faceoffs won.

Midseason Goalie of the Year- Chris Levis, Colorado. Levis has been a great story for the undefeated Mammoth. He is second in the league in goals allowed and save percentage and leads the league with six wins.

Midseason Rookie of the Year- Adam Jones, Colorado. The Canisius alum leads all rookies in goals, assists and points. His 15 goals is tied for 6th best in the league.

Midseason Coach of the Year- Bob Hamley, Colorado. There were a lot of questions coming out of the Rockies on what exactly to expect from the Mammoth this year. The answer was not a whole lot. Hamley has been masterful at meshing veterans with some very talented rookies to be the class of the league at the midway point.

Midseason prediction: East Final- Philadelphia 10, Buffalo 9

Midseason prediction: West Final- Colorado 14, Calgary 10

Midseason prediction: Champions Cup- Colorado 15, Philadelphia 11

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