Bandits acquire forward Aaron Wilson from Rush via trade. (Photo credit: Bruce Kluckhohn)
In a trade completed on Wednesday, the Buffalo Bandits have acquired forward Aaron Wilson and a second-round selection in the 2013 Entry Draft from the Edmonton Rush in exchange for transition player Jeremy Thompson.
“I’m very excited about joining a great Bandits team,” Wilson said. “With the quality of players the team has in place right now, there is no reason why we can't win the Champion’s Cup. I look forward to being a piece of the puzzle that tries to accomplish that goal."
A 10-year NLL veteran, Wilson (5'9", 175 lbs., 10/20/80) recorded 31 points (13+18) and 52 loose balls in 16 games with Edmonton in 2012. He tied for second among Rush players with 14 points (5+9) in the team’s three postseason contests.
“With the current uncertainty of our offensive right side, we felt it was important to bring in a right-handed scorer,” Dietrich said. “As an excellent goal scorer, not to mention a great off-ball player who will compliment both sides of the offense, Aaron fits that role perfectly.”
The Kitchener, Ontario native has totaled 569 points (297+272), 740 loose balls and 89 penalty minutes in 155 regular season games with Edmonton, Minnesota, Rochester and Toronto, adding 38 points (15+23) in 10 career playoff games.
“Getting another second-round pick in next year’s draft, one which is deep and doesn’t see us picking in the first round, is important,” Dietrich added.
Thompson, Buffalo's first selection (9th overall) in the 2011 Entry Draft, recorded nine points (3+6) and scooped 72 loose balls in 14 games with the Bandits in 2012.
“This trade brings us a young versatile player who has the ability to do a bit of everything," said Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan.