In a Rush to succeed

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

The Edmonton Rush didn't waste any time snatching up some of the top local talent in the National Lacrosse League.

The Rush plucked Edmonton native Kevin Howard off the Calgary Roughnecks' unprotected list with their second pick and then acquired Sherwood Park's Jimmy Quinlan in a draft-day deal.

"I've got goosebumps," said Howard. "I was a little disappointed that I never really got a shot in Calgary and I didn't get a chance to prove anything. I will have those Calgary dates circled on my calendar. There's no real bad blood, but I want to prove I can play in this league."

Quinlan notched 10 points in eight games for the Toronto Rock last season and was protected by the defending league champs. He was traded to the Rush for defenceman Scott Campbell - Edmonton's seventh pick in the expansion draft.

"They both fit exactly the profile of players that we're looking for and it's fantastic that they're local," said the Rush's director of lacrosse operations, A.J. Jomha. "We can't wait to see them get to the level that we think they can play at."

The Rush made San Jose goalie Rob Blasdell their first pick, but traded him to Arizona for the Sting's first-round pick in the 2007 entry draft.

The Rush got the goalie they required with fourth pick Pat Campbell, who played for coach/GM Paul Day in Rochester.


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