By Thomas Livingston | 8/7/14 3:30 PM
As the 2014 MLL regular season winds down it is time to take a look at potential Offensive Player of the Year Candidates. The Award will be announced the week leading up to MLL Championship Game on August 23rd; but before then, let’s preview some of this season’s leaders.
Casey Powell-Attack, Florida Launch (29g, 33a)
No one has been more of a surprise and dominant force this season than Powell. The 38-year-old returned for his first full MLL season since 2008 and has led the league in scoring since Week 1. Powell changes defensive game plans and creates opportunities for himself and his teammates. With the ball in his stick, you never know what will happen next: pass, shoot, or score.
Rob Pannell-Attack, New York Lizards (31g, 20a)
Rob Pannell is a pure offensive quarterback, the leader of the Lizards and the face of Team USA. Initiating from behind the net, Rob scores in bunches and can pick a defense apart with pinpoint passing. No one will be surprised if Pannell brings home the award.
Paul Rabil-Midfield, Boston Cannons (20g, 33a)
Rabil has redefined himself in the 2014 season. The All-World midfielder, a proven goal scorer, leads the MLL with 33 assists this season in Boston (tied with Casey Powell). He is the most complete player at his position, and a favorite for MLL MVP as well. His Week 13 season ending injury will hurt his own player stock, as well as Boston’s playoff chances.
Peter Baum-Midfield, Ohio Machine (33g, 12a)
This is an offensive award and arguably no one has made a bigger offensive impact than the former Tewaaraton winner Peter Baum. He might be the most deserving player for the title. In his first MLL season, Baum has scored a league leading 33 goals (tied with teammate Marcus Holman and Denver's Eric Law). In addition, he has his Machine poised for a playoff run and their most successful record in Ohio history.
Eric Law-Attack, Denver Outlaws (33g, 15a)
Law may be the most underrated player on this list and in the entire MLL. The Denver-native has quietly racked up points this season and kept Denver at the top of the league Standings, in addition to leading the league with 33 goals (tied with Peter Baum). He is a game changer and can take over a contest with his speed and scoring ability. Law is a dark horse candidate for the award, but not for lack of talent.