NLL Season Preview: Calgary Roughnecks

2012 Regular Season    12-4

PP     50.5%

PK    58.10%

GF    216

GA   170


Shawn Evans  32G/47A..  79pts

Goalie Wins:  Mike Poulin 10

The 2012 season for Calgary ended way too soon.  After running through the regular season at 12-4, and dominating the Edmonton Rush 4-0 during the regular season, while outscoring them 50-33, the Roughnecks fell in the first round to the same Rush team 19-11.  This will obviously be something the Roughnecks want to prevent in the 2013 season.

During the 2013 season the Roughnecks will face the Rush 4 times, Mammoth (3), Swarm (2), Rock (2), Stealth (3), Wings, and Rochester each once.

The Roughnecks have a very well balanced team.  Face-off specialist Geoff Snider who wins close to 80% of the draws, along with goal scorers Shawn Evans, Curtis Dickson, Jeff Shattler, Dane Dobbie, Scott Ranger and Daryl Veltman already makes this a dangerous team.  Draft picks Matthew Dinsdale and Joe Resetarits will add youth and speed to this already potent offense. 

The Roughnecks transition game will be led by Peter Mcfetridge, Nolan Heavenor and Travis Cornwall.  Tis transition team has the height, strength you would see on the defensive side.  Add there speed to the mix and you can see why they where second in the league with goals scored at 216 (Mammoth 217)

Mike Carnegie, Brad Richardson, and Andrew McBride anchor the defense in front of goaltender Mike Poulin that only allowed 170 goals last season.

A key loss for this Roughnecks team is the retirement of Kaleb Toth.  Toth was a winner on the floor and in the locker room, and was a main contributor to the Roughnecks success.  Even with Toth retiring, there are plenty of leaders on this team, and I don’t see this team missing a step as they start there 2013 drive to the Champions Cup.

With a team this well balanced, and this much fire power, its easy to see why they are one of the favorites to challenge for the Champions Cup

Roughnecks season open is Saturday January 12th as they face off against the visiting Toronto Rock