Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rush Acquire Jeremy Thomson; Wilson, Draft Pick Go To Buffalo

ILIndoor's Steve Bermel reported early this morning that the Edmonton Rush have acquired young transition-man Jeremy Thompson for forward Aaron Wilson and a second round pick. Thompson finally makes his way into the Rush organization after almost being traded for Paul Rabil last season.

Thompson was a first round pick in the 2011 draft who played 14 games with the Bandits in his rookie season, scoring 9 points and picking up 72 loose balls. He also won 46.4% of his faceoffs last year, which surpassed Jarrett Toll's 37.4% that lead the Rush last year. This was a problem in Edmonton last year, although the size of the impact may be smaller than originally thought

Wilson had a career low in points last year only scoring only 13 goals and 18 assists for 31 points. That was his first year since 2004 that he has had less than 50 points. This coming on an offense that scored a league low 167 goals last season. The ball didn't make it to Wilson on the crease as much as it usually did, and even when he was given the chance to shoot, he only converted 10% of them. This trade may be what Wilson needs to get back to where he was just a few seasons ago when he put up career numbers.

It was also brought up that Wilson may have been brought in to replace Luke Wiles who is currently in contract talks with the Bandits, while Thomson should step into Derek Suddons' spot after he signed in Buffalo earlier this offseason.

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