Buffalo Bandits forward John Tavares, the NLL's all-time leading scorer, was #21 in IL Indoor's rankings of the top 50 NLL players. (Photo: Jack Dempsey)
With the 2014 NLL season right around the corner, IL Indoor continues their countdown of the top 50 active players in the National Lacrosse League. Find the list of players ranked #20-29 below along with links to each player's article and commentary from the IL Indoor staff who compiled the rankings.
“I’ve long considered Steenhuis to be one of the best, if not the best, athlete in the game today. He’s so quick that that first step that breaks down many a defender, and his versatility and athleticism lets him excel anywhere on the floor. He’s a guy opponents love to hate, but have to respect.” – Bob Chavez
“The passion and drive CP has for lacrosse is genuine and even after all the lacrosse he’s played over the years, he’s like a little kid out there enjoying the game for what it is — a test of wills. Never one to back down from a challenge, Powell showed that his lacrosse spirit is alive and well after a year away from the NLL and not only that, his skill and his ability to make things happen, either for himself or teammates, keeps him at the upper echelon of the game.” – Bob Chavez
“The thing that always gets me about Josh Sanderson is his shooting. He doesn’t shoot hard, but he may be the best ever at disguising where his shot is going. The only way to really see what I’m talking about is to watch him shooting from straight behind him. Shooter does little things with the head of his stick that appear to defy physics. I have no idea how he manages it; and neither do goalies, which is why he’s still a threat to score 30 goals.” – Stephen Stamp
“Brandon Miller was the goalie it was easy to feel sorry for as he worked his tail off but didn’t get the team results he deserved. That’s changed recently, and it’s nice to see him finally get his due. He’s the consummate team player, never complaining when things go poorly. He just shows up for work and does what he’s asked to do, and them some. That’s all you can ask for in a teammate.” – Bob Chavez
“A consummate pro of a defender. Grimes is a big strong guy who’s just mean enough to make you think twice about cutting through the middle but savvy and athletic enough not to take a ton of penalties. He has a good stick and runs the floor well. And while it seems like he’s been a solid defender forever, Grimes is only 27 – he may still be getting even better.” – Stephen Stamp
“Don’t let the smooth style of Corbeil fool you. There’s just as much passion and drive in his game as anyone out there. He’s in your face with discipline and he’s sparking transition with the best in the game. And if it takes a few punches to the grill to get the point across, he can take care of that too. He’s a leader by both example and words, and at just 25 years old, there’s a lot of great lacrosse to come from him.” – Bob Chavez
“Crowley has very quickly become someone you can build a team around. He’s not just talented; he has that special something that makes him a focal point every time he steps on the floor. The big forward can score, set up teammates and keep everyone involved in the offence. He’s got the potential to creep higher on this list as his career evolves.” – Stephen Stamp
“Arriving in Calgary was the best thing that ever happened to Geoff Snider. It is in Calgary that he developed a solid game with a defined role which makes the Roughnecks dangerous for 60 minutes. Snider’s faceoffs are legendary, the best ever really. It is the ability to strike quickly off a draw or a scrum that makes him so lethal. Defense and shooting are strengths of his game and he is a master at getting under the skin of his foes.” – Marty O’Neill
“I love how JT is continuing his career when it would be so easy to pack it in and relieve his body of all the punishment it’s taken over the years. But he’s a fighter and wants to go out on his own terms, just one more aspect of his outlook that deserves respect. He can still shoot with the best of them and his experience and knowledge allows him to take the smallest of spaces on the floor and use them to his advantage. All the young guns in Buffalo would be wise to pay attention to what JT says and does, because they’re working with one of lacrosse’s biggest legends.” – Bob Chavez
“The sky is the limit for Matthews, who has that rare combination of size and skill. Much like Grant, he’s got the size to post up and push defenders around if they body him. But he’s also got the shooting skill to use in space if defenders back up and try to play his hands. It really is a pick-your-poison proposition for opponents, who will likely get burned either way.” – Bob Chavez
Find the two previous installments of the NLL Top 50 on NLL.com below and stay tuned to find out who IL Indoor ranks as the best lacrosse player in the world!