Friday, June 28, 2013

Rose, Jones, Guerin, Jackson and Acquin's rights switch hands

Adam Jones
The Major Series Lacrosse rights to a handful of lefty forwards have changed hands in a trade between the Brooklin Redmen and Oakville Rock, along with a rather notable goaltender. Toronto Rock goalie Nick Rose, whose rights had been with the Redmen, will now be Oakville property when he is scheduled to return to Ontario following the 2013 season in the Western Lacrosse Association. Rose has spent the last few seasons with the Coquitlam Adanacs, during which he has grown from a developing young goalie into last summer's WLA most valuable player.

Oakville also receives the rights to Adam Jones, who was just released by the Redmen to play with the Langley Thunder for the balance of this summer. He appeared in half a dozen games with Brooklin between the regular season and playoffs last year while he was playing for the Owen Sound North Stars in Senior B. Jones was the National Lacrosse League rookie of the year in 2012.

In return, Brooklin acquires the rights to Jesse Guerin and Shayne Jackson for when they return from the WLA, as well as Kyle Aquin. Guerin was second in MSL scoring last summer and is spending this year with Coquitlam. He is expected back in Ontario in 2015. That will be a year after the anticipated return of Jackson, the fourth overall pick in last year's NLL draft who had a strong rookie season for the Minnesota Swarm. Jackson went to the Mann Cup finals with Langley last year and is hoping to go back alongside Jones and the rest of the Thunder this summer. 

The final piece of the trade is the only one that will make a current team switch. Aquin is in the midst of an impressive rookie campaign in MSL. He is second on the team in goals and fourth in points with an 11/6/17 line despite having played only six games. Aquin should help an attack that has struggled to score lately.