2015 NLL Breakout Players: Derek Hopcroft

Many NLL fans have probably never heard his name but they will want to remember it as Hopcroft looks to be a breakout payer for the Knighthawks in the 2015 season. Hopcroft started his career with the Calgary Roughnecks in 2011 where he put up three points in three games. The Roughnecks would trade Hopcroft to Colorado in 2012 where he posted 26 points in 11 games.

Hopcroft would then be traded to the Buffalo Bandits in 2013 and would score seven points in four games.  Hopcroft was then signed by the Knighthawks in 2014 and had two points in one game played. Hopcroft has been a journeyman player his whole NLL career but when given playing time he has found success.

Hopcroft has made a name for himself in the MSL with the Brooklin Redmen. Hocroft had an incredible “Iron Man streak” in the MSL having not missed a game for the Redmen since 2008 his streak included 106 straight regular season games and 41 playoff games. Hopcroft was named rookie of the year in the MSL in 2008. Hopcroft has passed the 50 point mark the last four years.

Hopcroft’s best season was 2011 where he had an 84 point season and finished second in MSL scoring but was first n goals with 44. In 2013 Hopcroft posted 65 points. This past season was a disappointment for Hopcroft as he only played 10 games for the Redmen but he still posted 28 points.

Hopcroft has proven in the MSL that he has a scoring touch but he has not been giving the playing time to succeed in the NLL. If the Knighthawks give him the opportunity to play in 2015 Hopcroft could easily be one of the top scorers in the NLL. Watch out for Hopcroft this year as he is poised to have a career year.