For the four MLL teams that did not make the playoffs this season, they all had outstanding players who had breakout seasons. They all grew their game play over the 2012 season to become a house hold name. These players will definitely help their teams grow in the future to become playoff bound teams. The four players are Jordan MacIntosh of Rochester, Jovan Miller of Charlotte, Kevin Crowley of Hamilton, and Kyle Hartzell of Ohio.
Jordan MacIntosh was a part of the Rochester Rattlers fire power during the 2012 MLL season. Even thought he could not help the team get over the playoff hump, he was a vital part of the offense. After being picked up by the Rattlers from the player pool in 2011, he has been able to show his colors this year. The Rochester midfielder was third in total points for the Rattlers with 27. He was able to net 23 goals and had four assists. MacIntosh ended the season by recording eight points in the last three games which helps establish that he will be ready for next season. If he can build on his 2012 play for the 2013 season, the Rochester Rattlers should be able to make a strong playoff push.
The inaugural season for the Charlotte Hounds was not a total success but also not a total failure. They had some great play by many of their players such as Jovan Miller. He had a disappointing rookie season by being selected 8th overall in the 2011 Collegiate Draft. He only recorded eight points. The 2012 season was a whole different story for Jovan. In 14 games, he scored 13 goals with 2 of them being 2-pointers. He also had six assists for a total of 21 points. This breakout also helped Jovan’s image as his fame has grown throughout the league. The 2012 season helped Jovan’s popularity grow as well as his play on the field.
Kevin Crowley was able to double his production during the 2012 season. In his rookie season, 2011, he was only able to produce 20 points in just 10 games but in 2012 he exploded. He recorded 37 points with 24 goals and had 13 assists. He was a production maker for Hamilton and probably could have eclipsed the 40 point mark if he played all 14 games for the Nationals. His team’s record was not the best at the end of the season but he definitely was one of the main reasons his team won games. In the future, the Nationals are going to look to Kevin to jump start the offense and put points up on the board.
Finally, Kyle Hartzell was able to increase his stats total this season. In the past, he had been a solid player but this season his name was on the stats sheets more often. Before this season, Kyle had only been able to produce eight points and 102 ground balls in 39 which are decent for a long pole. But in the 2012 season he took his game to a whole new level. In the 14 game of the season, he almost tripled his points with 21. This included 11 goals, nine 2-point goals, which put him sixth on the single-season records list, and one assist. He also picked up 60 ground balls in 2012. The trade to this expansion team, the Ohio Machine, has helped point Kyle’s career into the right direction.
MacIntosh, Miller, Crowley, and Hartzell have all benefited from the 2012 season. Before this season, all of these players have had decent careers. They took the off season to refuel and came out strong in 2012. Unfortunately they were not good enough to help their teams make the playoffs but they are able to give them a bright future. If the teams can build of off theses players’ success, then they will have a better 2013 season.