Bandits acquire Wilson, pick from Rush for Thompson

11/14/2012 1:49:09 PM
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(NLL) - The Buffalo Bandits acquired forward Aaron Wilson and a conditional second-round pick in the 2013 NLL Entry Draft from the Edmonton Rush on Wednesday in exchange for Jeremy Thompson.

"I'm very excited about joining a great Bandits team," said Wilson. "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 recorded 31 points and 52 loose balls in 16 games with the Edmonton Rush in the 2012 season. He tied for second among Rush players with 14 points 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," said Dietrich. "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 points, 740 loose balls and 89 penalty minutes in 155 regular season games with Edmonton, Minnesota, Rochester and Toronto, adding 38 points 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," added Dietrich.

Thompson was Buffalo's first round selection in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft. He scored three goals and added six assists for nine points and scooped 72 loose balls in 14 games last season.

"This trade brings us a young versatile player who has abilities to do a bit of everything," said Rush head coach and general manager Derek Keenan.

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