ILIndoor’s sixth edition of the Top 50 players in lacrosse is based on voting from Stephen Stamp, Bob Chavez, Marty O’Neill and Teddy Jenner.
Each voter submitted a Top 50 list, and names on the list were awarded points based on the vote. A No. 1 vote was awarded 50 points, No. 2 got 49 points, etc. ILIndoor will publish 2 Top 50 profiles per day through the end of November, then move to 1 per day through December up to the National Lacrosse League season opener.
Included in each profile is statistics for the most recent season(s) and comments from each voter on the player being profiled.
Games Goals Assists Points LB
NLL regular season 13 26 34 60 46
NLL playoffs 3 5 8 13 16
Dobbie gets no credit for how good a baller he is. His game may not be the prettiest but there aren’t too many as effective as he. Off the bench in transition is where he is deadliest and has filthy short-side backhand that is nearly unstoppable.
2016 wasn’t the easiest year in Dobbie’s career as he dropped midseason with an injury that should have kept him out for the remainder of the season. Instead, we got more of Dane’s grit and goals as the playoff stretch gave way to the playoffs. A Dobbie winner in OT propelled Calgary past Colorado once more in the Western quarterfinal. A return to health will mean more points and trouble for the opposition.
I have to admit I don’t quite get Dobbie being in the Top 50 this year. He’s a goal scorer who has been deadly over the years. When he’s healthy, I think he’s the most dangerous lefty in the game in bench transition—almost unstoppable breaking in alone. In 2016, though, nagging injuries resulted in the lowest full-season goal total of his career. If he’s fully healthy again, he will likely live up to this ranking, but since the Top 50 isn’t based on potential, I think he should have been left out this year.
Dobbie’s production may have been down, but his effectiveness was not. He missed 5 games with injury but still was on pace for close to 40 goals, so when he was available, he was his same old lethal self. When it comes to goals and stats, there are a few equals for Dobbie. But when it comes to heart and drive, he’s the leader of the pack.