The LaxDirt end of the season grades for the 2013 Rochester Rattlers.
It was a bit of a disappointing season for Rochester. It just couldn’t get a big win when it needed it. Now that it’s all said-and-done here’s how each unit played during the year.
This is a unit that underachieved the whole season. It was held under ten goals, six times. Outside of Ned Crotty, the team lacked a distributer. One thing the Rattlers can hang their hat on is the rookie class Dave Lawson and John Ranagan. The rookies looked impressive all season each scoring 18 goals.
This group is the reason why Rochester was as close as it was to championship weekend. It allowed just 171 goals this season. That’s good for fourth in the league. The only team’s better? Denver, Hamilton and Chesapeake (by three). This unit has gotten better each of the last three season.
This is a complicated grade. Rochester was pretty close to awful on faceoffs this season. It had the third worst percentage in the league the team thought they addressed this in the offseason but it didnt turn out that way. John Ortolani took a majority of the chances at X, but didn’t look like he could control the position on most nights. On the other side, John Galloway was great in net. He trailed just Jesse Schwartzman and Kip Turner in GAA in the league and saved over half the shots he saw.
C is an average grade and that’s what this team was this season…average. The fact the Ratz were as close to a playoff spot speaks to how good Galloway and the defense was this season. Still, the offense and faceoff unit are definite points of emphasis going into 2014.