Longtime Redwoods’ attackman Matt Kavanagh was just traded to the Cannons. Tommy Burch breaks down Kavanagh’s career and why he’s a good fit for the team.

The Matt Kavanagh Trade: Cannons Back To Relevancy?

Notre Dame alum Matt Kavanagh made his way to the Cannons LC, and the energy has shifted. The Cannons have squirmed their way into one of the better deals to start the season, especially with their attack line being very top-heavy.

The real question is, does this really help the team? What makes this deal work for the team, and moreover, does it bring the Cannons back to relevancy?

Matt Kavanagh: A Look Back

Kavanagh has been a dominant force at the attack position since his days in the Fighting Irish. He was a 3-time All-American, with 49 games played in his collegiate career. He scored 175 points with 101 being goals and racked up 105 ground balls.

Clearly, he was a dominant force in college. What was left to be determined was his ability to transition to the pros. Luckily for him, it started off hot. In his first season with the Denver Outlaws, he scored 22 points in 7 games and shot 23%. Playing this well right out of college was great for his career, and it only got better in the next couple of years.

His 2017 season he scored 43 points and shot 32% in 10 games, and 2018 he scored 53 at a rate of 36% in 13 games. Each year, he played more games and scored more points. The second he hit the PLL, he made an immediate impact.

His first year was loaded with success, playing 9 games and scoring 24 points. However, finishing a full season would prove difficult in 2020 and 2021, missing 5 games total in that span. However, when he did play, he remained consistent.

In 2022, he played his first full 10-game season in the PLL, but it did not go as expected. He only scored 13 points in his 10 games, with 8 being goals. What was the most frustrating was his 17% shot rate, which was a career worst.

How Does He Help?

Cannons Kavanagh will be incredibly helpful in this next season. Despite the down year, he still has incredible talent and can be valuable to any team that needs him. On that note, of all teams that need him, it is definitely the Cannons.

The Cannons were 7th of 8 in total points, assisted by their star player and MVP candidate Lyle Thompson. Of their other attackmen on the roster right now, a total of 29 points were scored. The attack group needed a revamp, and it is the perfect situation for Kavanagh and the Cannons.

The two players given up for him did not see very many minutes in the PLL this year. Matt Rahill played 5 games and caused 1 turnover, while John Piatelli did not see the field a single time. This seems too good to be true for the Cannons and may help them evolve on offense.

 


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