Edmonton's young players gained playoff experience and the team is well positioned with first-round draft picks. Photo Credit: Bill Wippert
Losing the Championship Game always hurts. The Edmonton Rush entered the playoffs as the 8th and final overall seed, scored the fewest amount of goals during the regular season. But it all came together for Edmonton down the strech of the regular season and through the playoffs.
The Rush seem to have found the winning lineup, and more help is on the way. As Gerry Moddejonge points out in today's Edmonton Sun, Rush Head Coach and General Manager Derek Keenan has made several trades that not only brought All-Star defenseman Chris Corbeil to the club, but also landed Edmonton two first round selections in the 2012 Entry Draft. Edmonton also acquired additional first-round picks in seasons to come when they traded Brodie Merrill to Philadelphia.
"There are a couple of absolute — maybe the best — offensive players to come out of the draft who can really take this roster to the next level", Rush owner Bruce Urban told Moddejonge in the Sun story.
In Monday's Edmonton Journal, Evan Daum reports that Rush players are still feeling the sting of losing the Championship Game. Rush captain Jimmy Quinlan told Daum, "I'm sure it will kind of subside here over the next little while, but right now it doesn't feel very good."
But there's a bright side. Daum points out that the team's young players got some valuable playoff experience from this run that will benefit the club moving forward. Add the two first-round draft picks to the club's expected move of trading Paul Rabil at some point this off-season, and the future is looking very bright for the Edmonton Rush.