2021 PLL College Draft Prospects: Midfield

Charlie Bertrand – Merrimack/Virginia

Photo courtesy of Virginia athletics.

Aitken’s teammate at Virginia, Charlie Bertrand picked up the slack for the Cavaliers when Dox got off to that slow start. Bertrand transferred to Virginia after a stellar career at DII’s Merrimack, and has continued to produce at the highest level. He is a crafty player who can play attack, as he did at Merrimack, or run out of the box, as he has at Virginia.

Wherever he is playing, Bertrand likes to invert and dodge from X. He clearly favors his left, although he certainly can go right. His tendency doesn’t hinder him, however, as Bertrand is absurdly skilled with a deep bag of tricks, including some “Canadian off-hand” techniques, such as behind-the-back and one-handed shots. He might have the best passing vision of this group as well. He’s not as explosive as Aitken or Kirst, but he is athletic and his skill is an equalizer.

Roy Colsey’s Take: Bertrand is a matchup nightmare because of his sheer size. He has tremendous value in the PLL as a lefty who can play both middie and attack. The team that drafts him is practically getting two players in one and I think he has a lot of value for a team that plays in a box-style offense.

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