Shawn Evans has had an excellent 2015 NLL season. That’s unquestionable. But is he the league’s MVP? Some would argue yes, others may disagree. The Roughnecks are certainly campaigning in that direction. But you can’t just look at the points and assists records, there are other things to take into consideration. Let’s examine the pros and cons:
Pro: Outstanding offensive numbers:
- Set a new record for points in a season with 130
- Tied record (set the day before) for assists in a season with 83
- 6th in league in goals (48), 1st in shorthanded goals (5)
Con: Some numbers not so great:
- Only 4 power play goals, second-lowest among Calgary forwards
- Only one forward (Cody Jamieson) spent more time in the penalty box
- 0 face-off wins
- 0 saves
Pro: Team player: led his team from 0-6 start into the playoffs
Con: Is he really a team player? He played ZERO games as backup goalie. Corbyn Tao has him beat there.
Pro: Three cute daughters, including twins born last year
Con: That was last year. Nothing this season. Plus, his wife arguably did most of the work
Pro: Already has his name on the trophy so getting the engraving spelled correctly won’t be an issue
Con: Already has his name on the trophy. NLL doesn’t like to give the MVP award to the same player more than once
Pro: First in every category among Shawns in the league.
Con: Middle of the pack among current or former NLL players named “S. Evans”, when listed alphabetically
Pro: If the other team has quick transition, can play pretty good defense
Con: Steals valuable playing minutes from Roughneck defenders
Pro: Proved that you don’t need to be big to be a great offensive player
Con: Josh Sanderson proved that years before
Pro: Good lookin’ dude.
Con: No cool braid like the Thompson boys.
Hmmmm… looks like the jury’s still out.
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