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 18 27 40 67 88
NLL playoffs 3 3 6 9 16
MSL regular season 17 32 13 50
MSL playoffs 5 7 8 15
No matter how good you are, stepping up to another level of competition is an adjustment. We saw that when Berg took a while to adapt to MSL in his rookie season of 2015, but he was finding his footing by the playoffs. The same process took place with Calgary, as Berg played well early on but wasn’t the dynamic force everyone expected him to be. By the end of the season, he was having a more substantial impact. What should we expect in his second NLL season? Well, in his sophomore MSL campaign he led the league with 32 goals. Get ready for something special with the Roughnecks.
Berg is a superstar in the making and will climb this chart quite quickly in years to come. He’s got tree trunks for legs, a wicked first step and a cannon from the outside. The more comfortable he gets with the NLL game, the better his chemistry with Dickson will become.
Berg’s scoring touch was no secret coming into his rookie season with Calgary, but he also came into a lineup with several veterans and that allowed him to adjust to the NLL game at his pace rather than facing the pressure of needing to be a No. 1 option right away. The right-hander out of Coquitlam still made his presence felt early with steady production in the first half of the season. But it was clear that as the season wore on, he became more comfortable and finished with 27 goals among his 67 points, third-highest on the team. He also had 9 points in 3 playoff games to show that should Calgary be a contender again in 2017, he’s more than ready to be a potent offensive option.