We are days away from the NLL season which means it is time that we make predictions. The 2021-22 was a phenomenal return to action given the cancelled COVID-19 seasons. This season has all of the potential to be one of the best seasons in NLL history.
Wes Berg Will Lead the Seals in Points
Now this might not be a “bold” prediction considering he led the team in points last season, but San Diego added 171 points between Curtis Dickson and Kevin Crowley this off-season. While the two new additions will get plenty of scoring chances, it will be Berg who reaps the benefits of a loaded Seals offense.
Lyle Thompson (If Healthy) Will Win MVP
Lyle Thompson has been dealing with nagging injuries since the 2021 PLL season. Even with the injuries he still finished 5th in scoring and had the Swarm a win away from the playoffs. If Lyle is healthy, he will lead the Swarm back to the playoffs and potentially win MVP.
Zed Williams Has His Breakout Season
With Ryan Lee still out to start the season and Colorado defending their NLL title, the Mammoth will need to keep up with the rest of the loaded offenses in the West Conference. After finishing with 37 points in the playoffs last season, Zed Williams will answer the bell and finish with 80+ points this season.
Calgary Misses the Playoffs
Calgary fans might want to skip this one. With the loss of Curtis Dickson, it will be hard for the Roughnecks to withstand the blow of losing another franchise legend. Calgary will miss the playoffs for the 4th time since their inception in 2002.
Vegas Makes the Playoffs
With Calgary missing the playoffs, someone else in the West Conference has to take their place, right? Vegas will be coming out hot and make the playoffs in their first season.
Halifax Wins the East
The Thunderbirds lost in overtime to the Rock in the first round of the playoffs but still have the talent to battle with both Toronto and Buffalo. The addition of Ryan Benesch and the underrated trade for Randy Staats will help Halifax reach the championship this season.
Saskatchewan Finishes in Last Place
The Rush have had some great seasons and great memories recently. But with three franchise legends now gone this off-season and the rest of the West Conference improving, the Rush will find wins hard to come by this season and the rebuild will officially begin when they finish with the number one draft pick in 2023.