Monday, December 26, 2011

Edmonton Rush Season Preview

After a disappointing 5-11 record and no playoffs last year, the Rush did what they always do. Revamp the entire roster! A number of huge trades and the Blazers dispersal draft have shaped this team in to what it is today. They finished last in the West last year and had problems in every area at different parts of the year, but things have changed. Out goes Brodie Merrill and in comes some of the best attackers and defenders in the league as well as some young goalies.
The Rush Offense has been revamped this year bringing in a ton of outside help. Shawn Williams was brought in along with Aaron Bold and and a second round pick for Alexander-Kedoh Hill, Ryan Cousins, and Andy Secore. Willams is an 14 year NLL yet that has put up 69 or more points for 11 consecutive years, 10 if which were with the Knighthawks. The veteran should add some stability to a Rush offense that could never be described as consistent.
Corey Small returns in his third year with the team after leading the team with 63 points. He also lead the team in shots with 168 and was second in missed shots with 47. Small has one heck of a shot but has problems hitting the net. He had the worst shooting percentages of the top Edmonton scorers only scoring on 13.7% of his shots. If he can start hitting the net on his sub-shot, he will be an even deadlier weapon this year than he was the last. His percentage did improve to 21% playing with the WLA's Victoria Shamrocks, so the Rush are hoping he can transfer it over to the NLL.

More after the break!