Youth dealt for veterans

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

The Edmonton Rush were in need of scoring and veteran leadership last season in their inaugural campaign.

Yesterday Rush head coach and general manager Paul Day got both in a trade with the Chicago Shamrox.

The Rush traded forwards Matt Giles and Jason Clark, along with their 12th overall selection in the upcoming entry draft, for veterans Dan Stroup, Chris Gill and Ryan O'Connor.

"I've known Dan for a long time, he was big goal-scorer in Toronto, he scored a lot of big-game goals. Then in my time in Rochester I saw a lot of him. He continued that on in Vancouver and then Colorado," said Day. "He's a firefighter in Vancouver. He's a solid leader in the room as well, we're very excited to have him."

Stroup, 37, a 10-year veteran was taken with the ninth pick by the Shamrox in Wednesday's NLL expansion draft from the champion Colorado Mammoth.

In two years with the Mammoth, Stroup scored 53 goals and added 22 assists.

He was also a member of the Toronto Rock championship teams of 1999, 2000 and 2002. He was the MVP of the 2000 final for Toronto.

Gill, 34, also a 10-year veteran, was the 11th pick by the Shamrox in Wednesday's draft from the Mammoth.

Last year he scored 29 goals and added 16 assists for Colorado. He was also a member of the Rock in 1999 and 2000.

"They play unbelievable together," Day said. "They are probably the two best crease men in the league.

"To get the two of them is great. Colorado had one of the best, if not the best power play in the league last year. And they had 42% of their goals on the power play and that's a big need of ours."

O'Connor, 27, an eight-year veteran, was taken 19th in the expansion draft from the Rochester Knighthawks. He too won an NLL title in 1999 and 2000. Last year he had seven goals and five assists for Rochester.

"Ryan is a fast, right-hander with a good outside shot," Day said. "He's always been able to score. We need some speed on the offence and some guy that can shoot the ball from the outside."

Experience was something the Rush were in desperate need of last season having finished with a 1-15 record.

"We definitely needed to be older," Day said. "We were such a young team last year, and we need that playoff experience and that championship experience."

With the season still five months away, the Rush will continue to try and bolster their roster.

"We're still looking at the free agent market," Day said.


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