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On Tuesday afternoon it was announced that Whipsnakes LC had traded defensemen Foster Huggins and and James Barclay to Chrome LC in exchange for midfielder Max Tuttle.
While Huggins and Barclay bring depth to a defense that was the worst in the league last season, the biggest storyline from this trade is the Whipsnakes midfield just continuing to get deeper, despite losing both Connor Kelly and Drew Snider in the expansion draft.
The defending champions averaged 18.9 points per game during the regular season in 2019. Their midfield alone averaged 7.8 points per game. Thats means Whipsnakes’ midfield unit accounted for 41.27% of their offense. That is practically unfathomable.
And while they did loose Connor Kelly and Drew Snider to Waterdogs LC in the expansion draft, they still return a very solid midfield unit with Mike Chanenchuk, John Haus, Ty Warner, and others.
Tuttle, who tallied seven points (5G/2A) in eight games during the regular season with Chrome last season, not only brings more depth on offense to an already deep position on this Whipsnakes team, but he also fits into their system. Tuttle has shown that he can also make an impact on the defensive end, which fits perfectly into the style of play and how Whipsnakes like to use some of their midfielders.
The Sacred Heart product showed last season, especially late in the year, that he has the potential to be an elite two-way player in the PLL. He can be a threat not only on both ends in the six-on-six, but can be a vital asset in transition as well. And Whipsnakes practically lived and died by the transition game last season. This new situation should only help his growth and progression in year two.
Inserting a guy with a high ceiling, such as Tuttle, that can fit their style of play and deepen their deepest unit is a huge plus for Coach Stagnitta and Whipsnakes. With midfielder Ty Warner and LSM/defenseman Michael Ehrhart already getting a lot of run in transition and as two-way guys last season, look for Tuttle to possibly step in and be that third guy to bolster the Whipsnakes’ offensive and defensive transition game.