No doubt about Prout

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:13 AM ET

He may be quick, but he's no quick fix.

The Edmonton Rush were looking long-term when they gave away a couple of draft picks, including their top choice in 2010, to bring in former Colorado Mammoth sniper Gavin Prout.

It's a show of faith not only in the 31-year-old's current ability, but also in his future.

"They definitely traded away a lot of their young talent or potential for next year and I believe the year after," said the five-foot-10, 188-pound Prout.

"I'd like to come in and help this team out. I think they're looking for a little more experience, getting some leadership in here and changing the dynamic of the team's past a little bit."

Prout was captain of the National Lacrosse League champion Mammoth in 2006 -- the year the Rush joined the circuit -- before he went on to lead the NLL with a career-high 67 assists in 2008.

He's just one of several fresh faces on the Rush roster.

"With the new systems and the new players, there's just a lot of 'new' going on right now and a lot of these guys I've played with before," said the six-time NLL all-star.

"We've got to find our role, find everybody else's role on the team and be able to gel a lot quicker than what normal teams are having to do right now."

New might not be such a bad thing for a club that went 16-48 in its first four seasons.

As far as roles go, Prout will be looking to carry on his goal-sniping trend.

"I think the offence in the past couple years with Edmonton has been a little disoriented," Prout said.

"They didn't have a true offensive leader, a quarterback-style of guy. So bringing in myself and Ryan Ward, who's also used to handling the ball, and even Ryan Powell -- these guys are great passers, they have great field of vision and we have some guys on the left side who are capable of getting themselves open.

"I think that's a recipe for success right now."

Success to Prout doesn't mean making playoffs for the first time in Rush history.

"The goal in every single season that I come in is to win a championship. It's not only just to get into the playoffs. It might be for the team itself since they haven't made it in the past four years of their existence," Prout said.

"To me, that's going to be a given. We're going to be making the playoffs; it's just a matter of how deep we're going to go.

"I won one in 2006 and the atmosphere around that team is very similar to this one: very young, very energetic and very committed to winning."

GERRY.MODDEJONGE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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