With the first overall pick in the 2016 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft, the Saskatchewan Rush held firm with their plan to take the best player available in selecting talented forward Ryan Keenan.
The consensus top pick by most insiders, Keenan is regarded as the most-pro ready player in the talent pool with a polished game and skill set to match, making him the right fit for the two-time defending league champions. Saskatchewan acquired the pick two years ago by trading Corey Small to Vancouver for the Stealth’s first-round selection.
“The selection of Ryan Keenan is all about what he can bring to the Rush,” said Owner Bruce Urban.
“There is the obvious family connection, but with the first overall pick, you don’t play hunches or favourites. You take the best player on the board and without a doubt that player is Ryan Keenan.”
Keenan, the son of Rush GM/Head Coach Derek Keenan, had an outstanding season with Quinnipiac, leading the school to its first-ever win in the NCAA Championship Tournament. Along the way, Keenan posted a 30-game scoring streak with 51 points including 33 goals, plus a plethora of individual honours including First Team MAAC Conference and MAAC Tournament Team and a spot on the MAAC Conference All-Academic Team. This past summer, Keenan registered 40 points in 13 games with Brooklin (Ontario’s Major Series Lacrosse).
“This is a very special opportunity to join such an amazing organization,” said Ryan Keenan. “It’s really incredible for my family, and I’m looking forward to getting started with the guys.”
“It’s an exciting moment and it’s obviously a big night for our family and for Ryan,” added Derek Keenan. “We’re just thrilled to have him on board with the Rush.”