Day An offer the Rush just couldn't refuse

DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Paul Day got an offer he couldn't refuse yesterday at the National Lacrosse League draft in Denver.

The head coach and general manager of the Edmonton Rush traded up in the draft to select forward Steve Hutchins of the Whitby Warriors with the first pick in the second round - 15th overall.

The Rush went into the draft without a first-round pick and their second-round selection coming 20th overall.

"We were able to watch him quite a bit and felt we should trade up to get him," Day said. "He's big and fast and really a dynamic scorer. He's got a great outside shot and he can go to the net."

In order to move up in the draft, the Rush sent their 20th pick and defenceman Dan Finck to Boston.

Finck played 12 games for the Rush last season, scoring a goal and picking up nine assists.

Hutchins captained the Warriors to fourth place in the Ontario Lacrosse League regular season and a semifinal berth in the playoffs. He had 24 goals and 27 assists in 18 games for the Warriors.

The deals didn't stop there.

Day traded the Rush's next pick in the second round - 25th overall - to the Philadelphia Wings for the 45th overall pick and a second-round pick in next year's draft.

From there the Rush went on to select five more players in the following rounds.

They took Edmonton native John Lintz who played defence with the Coquitlam Adanacs of the B.C. Junior A League 34th overall.

Lintz had five goals and added 10 assists in 21 regular-season games with the Adanacs. He added a goal and six assists in nine playoff games.

They also selected Steve Conrad, Dan Hartzell, a Lacombe native, Calvin Craig and Jordan Coffey.

"We got a little younger in the offensive end which is what we wanted to do and got a couple of very creative guys," Day said. "And we got some toughness in Conrad and Lintz, so I think we accomplished what we wanted to do."


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