Mike Chanenchuk – the 2016 MLL Most Improved Player Award – was a big reason why the Charlotte Hounds jumped from 3-11 in 2015 to an 8-6 playoff team in 2016. By improving his off-hand he took his game to a new level, which opened up plenty of options for the rest of the Hounds’ offense.

In 2015 Chanenchuk shot 3-for-12 (25.0%) with his left hand; last summer he improved his off-hand shooting, canning 8 of his 22 looks (36.4%) with his left hand.

That two-handedness made him a lethal threat off the dodge. He scored more dodge-to-shoot goals (29) than any midfielder in the league (Paul Rabil and Peter Baum each scored 23).

Chanenchuk’s dodge-to-shoot takes were efficient, too. He shot 33.3% when creating for himself — seventh among players who took 25 unassisted shots. Running alongside John Haus (33G, 8A) and Kevin Crowley (10G, 12A), the Hounds’ first midfield line presented opponents with an impossible question: Who do you pole?