Calling for offence

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

Bob Hamley has made several phone calls to the Boston Blazers in recent weeks and he keeps getting the same answer.

"It isn't going to happen," said the Rush general manager and head coach about the availability of the No.1 overall pick.

"We've talked to Boston on numerous occasions. The last conversation I had with Tom Ryan (Boston head coach) was that he was not accepting any offers."

High scoring forward Dan Dawson is the clear-cut selection as the No.1 overall pick in the dispersal draft of the Arizona Sting.

POTENT SCORER

Last season Dawson played with the Portland LumberJax, when Arizona was on their one-year leave of absence. He finished 10th in league scoring last year with 38 goals and 43 assists in 16 games.

Hamley seriously wants to inject some high octane offence into the tank of the Rush heading into the 2009 season.

They finished dead last in the NLL in goal scoring with 141. That paltry output was 31 goals fewer than the next best team in the league.

"We need offence -- that is my objective in the draft," said Hamley

"We prepared for this day and we thought he (Dawson) might be available.

"We offered up what we thought was going to be a very solid package, but it apparently wasn't enough."

Accoring to Hamley, they offered Boston one of their two first round picks (No.4 and No.7) in next month's NLL draft. Also included in the proposal was their No.2 overall selection in today's dispersal draft and a current roster player.

"We certainly would have loved to have Dan (Dawson) in Edmonton. We'll just see how things fall in the next couple of weeks," said Hamley.

Rumours are swirling thatDawson may not report to Boston if he is selected, which may open up more talks between Boston and the rest of the NLL franchises about Dawson.

Hamley would definitely have his ear glued to the phone if that turns out to be the case.

"If that happened we'd love to get a deal done, but I am sure 12 other teams would also want to do the same thing," said Hamley.

"If I was able get Andy Secore in this draft and then somehow make a deal for Dan down the road if that opened up again, that would be great ... but it may just be a dream."

Hamley coached Arizona two seasons ago, and was under contract with them this past season, until he came to Edmonton after the Rush started with an 0-6 record.

He, no doubt has an inside track and strong relationship with every player that is up for grabs in the two round draft.

Arizona last played in the NLL in 2006, when Hamley was behind the bench and he led them to the NLL championship final, where they lost to the Rochester Knighthawks.

The players in this dispersal draft are very talented. The Rush also hold the 15th pick in dispersal draft.

NOT MOVING UP

With the opportunity to trade up in the draft all but vanished, Hamley has now set his sights on young scorer Andy Secore, who spent last season with the Minnesota Swarm.

The swift-shooting left-hander had 76 points (28 goals, 48 assists) in just 14 games.

"Those offensive totals put him in the top 15 in the league," explained Hamley.

"We didn't have anyone close to that.

"Through this draft and the upcoming NLL draft, I want to change the complexion of our offence and it will start with Andy (Secore)."

JASON.HILLS@SUNMEDIA.CA


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