No longer noobs to the MLL scene. Here's the season outlook for the Charlotte Hounds.
What's Changed : A huge addition for Charlotte this offseason was adding Peet Poillon. The middie was picked up in a trade with Denver in Septemeber. Last season with the Outlaws, he tallied 40 points and 24 goals, including three 2-pointers. The point total is more than any Hounds middie had last year.
Biggest Area of Concern: It has to be in net. Charlotte struggled last season to keep the ball out of the cage. Adam Ghitelman saw a majority of the time in net and was third to last in the league in GAA with nearly 14 per-game.
The team did acquire Sean Aaron in the 2013 supplemental draft, but until he's seen in MLL action it's tough to know what you're going to get. Otherwise, it could be another year of Charlotte allowing way too many goals for the attack to keep up.
Biggest Strength: This has to be Matt Danowski. The guy was a huge bright spot for Charlotte last season. He was sixth in the league in points with 48 and helped the team get it's feet wet in its first MLL season. His balanced game (19 G and 19 A in '12) shows he can get his teammates involved easily. With new weapons like Poillon, those numbers look set to improve. If Charlotte has any hope of getting into the playoffs, Danowski has to be the leader.
Projected Record: 5-9. There's still too many questions with this team. Will they be better at the faceoff X? Who's going to be the guy in net? Charlotte's midfield and attack, with guys like Danowski, Jovan Miller, and Billy Bitter, might be close to where they want it to be, but the rest of the team still needs work.