When you get to this level of a Top 50 list, you look for something a player does better than everyone else. And for Jeff Shattler, that includes just about everything. He scores, he passes, he works, he leads transition and he defends. When Shattler’s on the floor, whether it’s for the National Lacrosse League’s Calgary Roughnecks or the Western Lacrosse Association’s Victoria Shamrocks, he’s a busy man. The 6-foot, 185-pound left-hander who was born in Edmonton is listed as a forward, but his game is not limited to a definition. If you need a goal scored or defended, he’s capable of handling both duties and given the way his game is so universal, the best way to define him is as one of the game’s best in the world today.
It was just 2 winters ago that Shattler was named MVP of the NLL. He hasn’t drifted far from that form since, especially considering his 74-point (33-41) season with Calgary last winter was just 1 point below the 75 points of his MVP season. But like we said before, he does so much more than offense.
He was among Calgary’s leaders in forced turnovers (9) among forwards, and his 86 loose balls led Calgary’s forward by a large margin. Only 3 other Riggers had more than Shattler’s 7 power-play goals and his 11 points (3-8) in 2 playoff games led the team.
And although his offensive numbers fell of off his usual summer pace, he managed to drop a respectable 49 points (24-25) for a team loaded with offensive talent. His 24 goals were third-most for the Shamrocks in the regular season, impressive considering he spent 31 minutes in the penalty box. But he managed to ramp up the discipline (10 PIM) once the playoffs started, leading the Shamrocks with 34 points (8-26) in 9 WLA playoff games while tying for the team lead with 2 power-play goals.
He turned it up yet another notch in the Mann Cup, leading Victoria with 22 points (9-13) in the 6-game series. Seven of those points came on the power play and he was credited with 1 game-winning goal during the series.
No matter how you view Shattler, as a forward or a transition man, there’s little question that he’s a steady producer at whatever position you want him to be in. His speed and quickness, combined with the ability to make smart decisions no matter the situation, make him a clear asset to any team he’s on and if that happens to be a team you’re a fan of, there’s a pretty good chance that you can count on making plans for the playoffs.
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