The Colorado Mammoth awarded Eli McLaughlin the 2019 Offensive Player of the Year with the John Grant, Jr. Award.
When the 25-year-old put up four goals to lift the Mammoth to a 10-8 home win over the Georgia Swarm in February, Mammoth head coach Pat Coyle said, "Eli's awesome. He has been from day one for us. And everyone in the league knows it now.”
The game against the Swarm was McLaughlin’s second-straight four-goal outing. Before the end of the season, two four-goal games would become four and it would become obvious that Eli’s offensive leadership wasn’t just a flash in the pan.
The Surrey, B.C. native topped all three major offensive columns in his fifth season with the Mammoth: points (76), goals (35) and assists (41). He also cracked the NLL’s top-10 goal scorers list for the first time in his career, coming in seventh.
Mammoth play-by-play analyst Teddy Jenner said, “From the first day of camp, Eli came ready to play, and he carried the O on his back more than once. His game took a huge step this year and looks to become one of the league's best rising stars. It's not easy to defend Eli and his versatile and, at times, unorthodox style makes him a nightmare to play one-on-one against.”