Edmonton Rush & Minnesota Swarm traded draft picks plus goalies Tyler Carlson & Brodie MacDonald. (Photo: Scott Pierson)
The Edmonton Rush and Minnesota Swarm have announced a trade with the Rush acquiring the first overall selection in the 2014 NLL Entry Draft, along with a second-round pick in the 2015 Draft, plus goaltender Tyler Carlson from the Swarm in exchange for the third overall pick in the 2014 Draft and goaltender Brodie MacDonald. Edmonton's third-overall selection was acquired from the Philadelphia Wings in the 2011 blockbuster trade involving Athan Iannucci and Brodie Merrill.
“Since the end of last season, I have spent many hours analyzing what we needed to do to turnaround what was a very disappointing season for the entire Swarm organization and our fans,” said Swarm Owner and Governor John Arlotta. “We just can't stand pat with that kind of performance. We gave up a lot by flipping the first pick with the third pick in this year’s draft, but I feel that getting Brodie was worth the price.
"We can still get a great player with the third overall pick, and between that pick and the fifth pick in the draft, we can certainly address the other needs we have for improving the team.”
MacDonald, 24, is regarded as one of the game’s rising young talents at the goalie position with his 6-foot-7 and 245-pound frame. As a backup to G Aaron Bold in Edmonton the past four seasons, MacDonald posted solid numbers in net, notching a 9.44 GAA and a .774 SV% in eight career appearances. The Vernon, British Columbia native appeared in 74 minutes in 2014, and recorded a .825 SV% and an 8.03 GAA.
"I have watched Brodie now for the last three years, and have been impressed with his continuous improvement as well as his strong desire to win,” Arlotta said. “We’re really excited to have him in the Swarm organization, and we think he will be a great fit with what we’re trying to accomplish for the 2015 season. I know Brodie is happy to have the chance to compete for the starting job here in Minnesota, and I want to thank Bruce Urban for giving him that opportunity.”
In a road contest in Vancouver this past January, MacDonald was given the opportunity to showcase his potential when he came in relief of Bold and saw 44 minutes of action. MacDonald finished the night with 23 saves on 27 shots as the Rush came back to defeat the Stealth 9-8.
“Many thanks to Tyler for his service with the Swarm organization,” Arlotta said. “Tyler was part of many thrilling wins including a playoff road victory in Toronto, and he was also an outstanding teammate who was always the first in line to teach young goalies in our YBL program. We thank him for all his hard work and wish him the best in Edmonton.”
Carlson, 26, spent his first three years in the NLL with the Swarm from 2011-13, and posted an 11-15 record, 11.44 GAA, and a .749 SV%. The Brampton, Ontario native also saw action in three postseason contests in that span, which included a road win in Toronto during the 2013 NLL Division Semifinals. After impressing the Swarm’s coaching staff in training camp back in 2011, Carlson earned a spot on the Swarm’s roster and tallied a 5-2 record as rookie.
"Firstly, the Edmonton Rush would like to thank Brodie MacDonald for three years of solid commitment and contribution to the success of the team," said Rush general manager and head coach Derek Keenan. "Brodie has been the consummate professional. In Tyler Carlson, we get a goaltender who has played significant NLL minutes as a starter, and with Aaron Bold, we think they will form an excellent tandem.
"Moving from No. 3 to No. 1 in the 2014 Entry Draft was key to the deal, and the second-round pick in 2015 could also turn out to be a good one given the depth of that draft class."
As many as six players are in the hunt for the No. 1 selection spot in the 2014 draft including Miles Thompson, the younger brother of current Rush transition standout Jeremy Thompson.
The order of selection for the 2014 NLL Entry Draft is now as follows:
1. Edmonton (from Minnesota)
3. Minnesota (from Edmonton via Philadelphia)
5. Minnesota (from Buffalo)
6. Calgary (from Toronto)
12. Buffalo (from Philadelphia)
15. Philadelphia (from Toronto)
16. Calgary (from Edmonton via Buffalo via Colorado)
17. Toronto (from Calgary)
18. Buffalo (from Rochester via Philadelphia)
20. Philadelphia (from Minnesota)
23. Rochester (from Colorado)
25. Vancouver (from Toronto)
26. Calgary (from Edmonton)
33. Toronto (from Buffalo)
34. Philadelphia (from Toronto)
35. Edmonton (from Edmonton via Minnesota)
42. Colorado (from Buffalo)
47. Edmonton (from Minnesota)
51. Toronto (from Buffalo)
The 2014 NLL Entry Draft will take place on Monday, Sept. 22 at Toronto Rock Athletic Centre (TRAC) in Oakville, Ontario.