There’s been a change at the top of the National Lacrosse League draft order. The Minnesota Swarm traded the first overall pick in the NLL draft along with a second-rounder in 2015 and goalie Tyler Carlson to Edmonton. In return, the Rush gave up a first-round pick this year (third overall) and goaltender Brodie McDonald.
The deal must be approved by the league; the NLL’s calendar year for transactions begins today.
Carlson was Minnesota’s top goaltender last season with a 2-7 record and a goals-against average of 11.32. McDonald (1-0, 8.03 GAA) could move into that role next season. Last season the 6-foot-7 goalie served as the backup to Aaron Bold, who had a 15-2 record with a league-leading GAA of 8.73 with the Rush.
One of the candidates for the top overall pick is Miles Thompson, the younger brother of Edmonton transition player and former Buffalo Bandit Jeremy Thompson.
The draft will be held in September. The Bandits have no first-round selections, but will have three choices in the second round (12, 14 and 18 overall).