Atlas 22-man Roster Breakdown
Head coach Ben Rubeor has talent from top to bottom. How does he fit four attackmen into the rotation? And which midfielders see the most runs?
Returning Players: 17
Trevor Baptiste, Ryan Brown, Connor Buczek, Chris Cloutier, Jack Concannon, John Crawley, Tucker Durkin, Kyle Hartzell, Eric Law, Austin Pifani, Paul Rabil, Jake Richard, Callum Robinson, Scott Rodgers, Joel Tinney, Kevin Unterstein, Cade van Raaphorst
Craig Chick, Bryan Costabile, Romar Dennis, Rob Pannell, Jeremy Thompson
Positional Battle: Attack
Cloutier is the lone lefty. Brown scored six left-handed goals last summer, but on a lower shooting percentage (21.4%) than he had with his dominant right (27.9%). He played out of position for Team USA as a lefty attackman. The international game values possession time, though; I’m not sure that moving Brown to the lefty side makes much sense in the PLL where efficiency is everything.
Pannell will give this team a desperately needed quarterback at X. The Atlas shot a league-low 20.8% when initiating from X. Inverting John Crawley worked, but those sets take too long to develop to rely on them full-time. Law can dodge from behind the cage, but he’s at his best off-ball sneaking around the crease.
Best Unit: FO
Trevor Baptiste is the best draw man in the world – and he is flanked by some of the best wing players in the league.
Baptiste’s hand speed is insane. He won 65.7% of clamps last summer (2nd in PLL). As Greg Gurenlian phrased it on The Stripe, Baptiste’s speed strikes fear into his opponents, causing them to violate a league-high 26 times.
Kevin Unterstein (12 wing groundballs in 2019) and Kyle Hartzell (8 wing GBs) will see even more reps alongside Baptiste in 2020 without Noah Richard (13 wing GBs) and Ryan Conrad (7 wing GBs). Baptiste’s trust in his wings (only Gurenlian won a higher percentage of his faceoffs to wing players) will lead to offensive opportunities for Unterstein, Hartzell, and others.