Super pest has a ring about it!

SCOTT ZERR -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:37 AM ET

Jimmy Quinlan can't help himself and the Edmonton Rush wouldn't change a thing about him.

He's their answer to former Oiler Esa Tikkanen - the ultimate super pest who has skill as well.

"Sometimes I'll provoke things and sometimes other people provoke me," said Quinlan. "It's just the style I play. I don't know any other way."

The 24-year-old hasn't picked out anyone in particular that might be in line for some special attention tomorrow night when he makes his first trip back to Toronto. Quinlan spent the 2005 campaign with the Rock but has yet to receive a championship ring from the reigning NLL kings since being acquired by the Rush in an off-season trade.

With Quinlan's pending return, the Rock might do well to buy themselves plenty of ear plugs.

"He was always running his mouth. I remember last year, guys wanted to kill him in practice," said Blaine Manning, Quinlan's former Rock cohort who also knew him as a childhood sidekick to his older brother in Sherwood Park.

"Jimmy was the typical mouthpiece little brother. Actually, he's a good kid. He's just one of those guys that you hate to play against."

This season, Quinlan's style has suckered the Calgary Roughnecks into taking three undisciplined penalties.

But those who live by the mouth will get punched in it from time to time. When the Rush were in Calgary two weeks ago, Quinlan got clobbered twice by defenders who were itching to get a crack at him. "Sometimes my job has a bit of fine line," Quinlan said.

"I can be irritating and my game goes south, but sometimes I can start out and it gets me going. For sure, though, if I get into someone's face, I'm never at a loss for words.

"I try to play a gritty, mucky game and I'll admit I'm not the cleanest player by any means."

Quinlan has also shown that with more playing time he can produce offensively. After appearing in only nine games and netting 11 points for the Rock, Quinlan already has taken the lead in scoring for the Rush. He has four goals and 10 assists to go with a share of the team-high in loose balls with 18.


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