Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Player Preview: Casey Powell

Casey Powell is arguably the best player in lacrosse. He is the reigning NLL MVP, and was acquired by the Boston Blazers in the Orlando Titans dispersal. Powell finished only 14th in scoring, but he is going to be playing side by side with the man who finished first, Josh Sanderson.
Powell is coming into a great situation in Boston, playing with two former MVPs in Sanderson and Dan Dawson. How will this affect Powell's numbers? It should in ways both good and bad. His point totals will go up, but his goal totals may go down. He will be double covered more than Sanderson or Dawson, but his assist numbers will go through the roofs playing with a finisher like Sanderson. But how did this all begin for Powell? How did he become the best player in the NLL?
Let's take a first look at his MLL career. In 2001 he was drafted by the Long Island Lizards, and led the Lizards to the first ever MLL championship. He led them to a championship again in 2003, and was then sent to the Rochester Rattlers in a blockbuster deal. In 2005, Powell was named offensive player of the week three times in the final four weeks of the season.
Powell was named MLL offensive player of the year in 2007. Powell is considered the best player in MLL history.
In the NLL, Powell has also had a storied career. Powell was drafted by the Rochester Knighthawks in 1998, and was traded to Buffalo two years later. He never reported, and was then traded to the Anaheim Storm where he made his mark. Powell was selected by the Portland LumberJaxx in the Storm dispersal, but elected again not to play. Powell was later traded to the New York Titans, and eventually Boston when the Orlando Titans dispersed.
His career year points wise in the NLL was 2008 when he scored 86 points. Something tells me he might overtake that mark this season in Boston.

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