2013 Preview: Denver Outlaws

The boys out west certainly had one of the more interesting off seasons. Mark Matthews is among the list of players no longer in the Mile High City. Those losses might make it more difficult to make it back to the championship game. 

What's Changed?: The loss of youth. This is sort of the anti-New York Lizards. The loss of Matthews is the loss of a local product who could've been the face of the franchise. Denver's style has been not to make moves based on the heart, though. The Outlaws saw an opportunity to improve other areas and took it. 

Biggest Area of Concern: The veteran attack when it counts. Guys like Brendan Mundorf had a fantastic season. Still, in the playoffs, Mundorf was no where to be found. He tallied just one point during the weekend. In fact, younger players like Matthews and Chris Bocklet were the ones having the biggest impact. The Outlaws have to get more production out of their leaders when it counts

Biggest Strength: Jesse Schwartzman and Lee Zink. Schwartzman was a beast in 2012. He was second in the MLL in GAA at 11.03 and only gave up 13 or more four times. Meanwhile, Zink was the Defensive Player of the Year. It's not going to be easy to score on the Outlaws.

Projected Record: 7-7. There's going to be one team on the outside looking in at the end of the season and for my money, it's looking lke it might be Denver this year.