Rush bulking up

JASON HILLS -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

Bob Hamley was a very busy man during his first NLL entry draft with the Edmonton Rush.

Draft a sniper with size? Check.

Make a trade? Check.

Draft another scorer with size? Check.

Draft a face-off guy? Check.

Draft an energy player who has some skill? Check.

Hamley had two areas of attack at the 2008 NLL entry draft yesterday in Boston.

His draft plan had a common theme: Add scoring and size.

He accomplished that with all five selections.

"I really couldn't be happier with the way our draft day went," said Hamley. "We needed to draft more skill and we were lacking size and we got a lot of that (today)."

Bellarmine University and Niagara on the Lakes, Ont. forward Jamie Floris was Hamley's first pick, fourth overall. The 24-year-old is a big power forward who takes a no prisoners approach on the rug and his experience playing Senior A should propel Floris right into the Rush starting lineup.

"We think he's the most ready out of every player in the draft," said Hamley.

"He's played two years at the senior level already and has been a proven player at that level."

TRADED DOWN

The Rush held the eighth overall selection in the first round, but Hamley moved down to the No. 10 spot after making a deal with the Minnesota Swarm. They swapped picks, and Hamley also acquired Andrew Biers, who will replace Mac Allen in the face-off circle.

"With Mac gone, we felt we needed a guy that has experience in the face-off circle, and Andrew definitely brings that," said Hamley.

"We still were able to get the guy we wanted at the No. 10 spot in Ryan Campbell."

Campbell is one of the smaller players in Hamley's draft class, but the 5'10", 175 lb forward has the complete package to his game.

"He's a little smaller, but he plays a power forward type game," said new Rush assistant coach Ian McGough.

"He's got great stick skills, and he can create havoc in front of the net."

Hamley had his eyes on Kelly Kilpatrick in the draft, but after selecting Campbell, and no second round pick, Hamley didn't expect to see the (Junior A) Coquitlam Adanacs forward in the third round.

"I was stunned to see him there. We were contemplating taking him at No. 8, but we felt Campbell had a little higher upside," said Hamley.

"We had Kilpatrick projected a lot higher on the board, so we feel very fortunate that he was still there when we had our pick in the third round."

Another common theme of the draft for the Rush was Canadian Eh!

"We wanted Canadians," said McGough.

"They are born and raised box players, there is no transition from playing the field game to the box game."

FINAL TWO PICKS

Miles Kenny and Adam Foss were the Rush's final two selections on draft day going in the fifth and sixth round s respectively.

"Players like Jamie (Floris), Ryan Campbell and Kelly Kilpatrick will most likely be on our roster opening day," said Hamley.

"Guys like Miles and Adam will be wildcards to make an impact in their first year, but they are going to be given every opportunity in camp, and they have a very bright future with our club."


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