Former Colorado Mammoth captain, Gavin Prout, has been traded for a second time in less than two weeks, today being moved to the Edmonton Rush, along with forward Dean Hill, for Edmonton’s 2011 first round pick and a conditional second round pick in either the 2010 or 2011 entry draft.
Ten days ago, Prout was initially moved by the Mammoth to Rochester, Colorado grabbing highly regarded pro prospect Ilija Gajic and the Hawks’ 2012 first round pick, the Knighthawks gaining 2009 NLL Insider All-Canadian Second Teamer, Andrew Potter, as well as two Mammoth 2010 first round picks, and of course Prout.
It was expected that Rochester would likely be moving a body or two from their currently overstaffed 2010 offensive lineup, looking for more ammunition in an attempt to land next year’s first overall pick, which would surely be used on Six Nations Chiefs and Syracuse University stud forward, Cody Jamieson, who easily led the MSL in scoring this past summer as a rookie with the Chiefs.
The inclusion of Prout to Edmonton’s offense gives the team their highest profile forward in franchise history, Prout joining the likes of Ryan Ward, Brodie Merrill, Scott Stewart, Matt Disher and others in a massive rebuild spearheaded by Rush GM and head coach, Derek Keenan, also added over the summer.
Prout, who just recently returned home after playing for the Crease Monkeys at the Hawaii Lacrosse Invitational, told NLL Insider earlier today that although he hasn’t had much time to digest the somewhat surprising move, he’s happy about the situation he currently finds himself in.
“I do know that their (Edmonton Rush) coaching staff is great and that the addition of new players will improve the team from last year,” said Prout. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to help improve this roster and make the Rush into a playoff team.”
Prout, who hasn’t missed the post-season since signing with the Colorado Mammoth in ‘04, joins a Rush squad that has yet to crack the pro playoffs after their first four years in the league, sporting a dissapointing 16-48 regular season record over that time, routinely one of the lowest scoring rosters in the league.
Picking up Hill will also likely help bolster that league worst 159-team goals scored last year in Edmonton. While Hill’s pro numbers have taken a hit since that explosive rookie year in Minnesota (53 Pts in ‘06), the former Six Nations Rebel had a huge bounce back summer with the Victoria Shamrocks in ‘09, nailing down a 50-point season with the WLA’s regular season champs.
The Rush also signed defender Ian Crashley, forward Jordan Cornfield and ‘09 draft pick Craig Zeeh to contracts today.
Stay tuned into NLL Insider for more expected high profile trade activity heading into the 2010 NLL season.The foremost boxla writer, Tutka is a former NLL scout and a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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