With the focus on drafting championship caliber teams, Rush trade Jones for first round picks in 2018, 2019
Saskatoon, SK- Saskatchewan Rush Head Coach & General Manager Derek Keenan announced a trade today between his team and the Toronto Rock that sends forward Adam Jones to the Rock in exchange for a first round draft pick in both the 2018 and 2019 NLL Draft.
With NLL expansion on the horizon, the trade will bolster the Rush’s focus on the future, who now hold three first round draft picks in the 2018 and 2019 NLL Draft. Additionally, the Rush hold the 8th selection in the first round at the upcoming 2017 NLL Draft set for September 18th at the Toronto Rock Athletic Centre in Oakville, Ontario. Fans can watch the draft live on NLLTV.com as the league welcomes its newest crop of rookies ahead of the 2018 season.
“Decisions to move quality players out of the Rush organization are never easy. Trading Adam Jones is difficult. He’s a great person who fit in like family on and off the floor. He performed at a high level for us, especially in the playoffs. He’s also a quality young man. Hard to say good bye. However we are always looking for long term stability and maintaining a championship caliber team for the long term. This trade gives our team three first round draft picks in both the 2018 and 2019 NLL Draft. It appears NLL expansion is imminent. This makes the picks potentially even more important.” - Keenan
"We owe it to the great fans of #RushNation to ALWAYS be looking to the future and staying one step ahead of the competition. With the core of our team having played in three consecutive NLL championships, combined with our younger players and these cherished first round picks, the future of the Rush looks as bright as ever fueled by the youth and promise of these future stars of the NLL" - Rush owner Bruce Urban
In 16 regular season games with the Rush last season, Jones compiled 26 goals and 31 assists for 57 points. He added 13 goals and 6 assists for 19 points in 4 playoff games.