Day hopes Melville will bring speed, smarts

DEREK VAN DIEST, EDMONTON SUN

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

The Edmonton Rush were looking for speed heading into last night's encounter with the defending National Lacrosse League champions.

So they activated transition player Cory Melville.

"Speed is a big part of his game," said Rush head coach and general manager Paul Day. "It's tough to come across guys with speed like that.

:He's not a big guy, but he really came to camp and focused on his defence. For a small guy he plays great positionally defensively and has great feet. He makes good decisions."

Melville, 21, was the Rush's second pick - 46th overall - in last year's NLL draft.

The native of Burnaby, B.C. won a pair of Minto Cup championships with the Burnaby Lakers before joining the Rush.

Last night he made his NLL debut against the Colorado Mammoth after sitting out the first two games of the season.

"It's a little nerve-racking, I have a lot of expectations coming in here," Melville said before the game.

"There is a little bit of pressure because you want to have a solid spot on the roster, you don't want to be sitting out here and there." Melville said. "You don't want to mess up or throw a bad pass. You want to be sure of everything you do.

"It'll be a good challenge for sure. You really have to bring your A-Game."


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