Rush won't be major draft day players

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

Paul Day is in Denver checking out the talent.

However, it's unlikely the head coach and general manager of the Edmonton Rush will land a marquee player in today's National Lacrosse League draft.

He doesn't have a pick in the first round.

"We're looking for young guys that we can develop and if we can get a big body that can play some defence, that would be something we would look at," Day said. "But when you're picking at 20, you never know what's going to be available."

At one time, the Rush had two first-round picks for today's draft, but traded them away to eventually get forward Ben Prepchuk and goaltender Curtis Palidwor.

TWO SECOND ROUNDERS

They now have two picks in the second round at No. 20 and No. 25 overall. They then have one pick in each of the following four rounds.

"I think it's a mid-range draft this year," Day said.

"There are four or five legit guys that can step up and be impact guys. After that, it's going to be some good athletes that are going to develop over the next couple of years."

The expansion team from Boston will have the top pick in the draft. They'll be followed by Philadelphia, New York, Calgary and Chicago.

The Rush had acquired the sixth pick in a deal with the Minnesota Swarm, but then eventually traded it away to Portland. They also dealt their 13th overall pick to Arizona.

Day doesn't expect to make a deal to move up in the draft.

"At this point we're going to pick at 20. We've gotten younger this summer with our offence and I think we don't need to move up to get a young offensive guy," he said.

Yesterday, the top-draft eligible players in North America went through a combine at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Merrick Thomson and Frank Resetarits, both of Albany, Craig Point of Six Nations, Jordan Hall of Delaware and Dobbie DeFransesco are among the top-rated players heading into the draft.

Unless they make a mammoth deal, the Rush won't have a shot at any of those players.

"Usually there is a little movement during draft day, but it'll be interesting to see," Day said. "Right now it's been really quiet, we've been in Denver for a couple of days. I think you'll see some movement with teams trying to move up to get players.

"We'll pick six players. We're pretty set on getting some more youth to develop at this point. Unless something comes up that you can't say no to, it's going to be pretty quiet."

LIKE THEIR CHANCES

Regardless of their low draft position, the Rush are confident of their chances in the upcoming season. The team was busy this off-season acquiring offensive talent.

"We improved where we needed to improve," Day said. "We added some speed to the right side and we've had a really good summer. I think we've done a good job this summer securing our offence."

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NLL DRAFT

First round selection order of the entry draft:

1. Boston

2. Philadelphia (from Portland)

3. New York

4. Calgary (from Philadelphia)

5. Chicago

6. Portland (from Edmonton via Minnesota)

7. San Jose (from Toronto)

8. Minnesota (from San Jose)

9. Minnesota

10. Buffalo (from Calgary)

11. Toronto (from Buffalo)

12. San Jose (from Colorado)

13. New York (from Arizona via Edmonton)

14. Rochester

ALSO

20. Edmonton

25. Edmonton (from Buffalo)

34. Edmonton

48. Edmonton

62. Edmonton

76. Edmonton


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