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Bandits notebook: Youth for experience

Guess that Bandits aren't done changing their roster.

They completed yet another trade on Wednesday. They gave up Jeremy Thompson in a deal that brought Edmonton's Aaron Wilson and a conditional second-round pick.

Wilson is a proven scorer in the National Lacrosse League. He's been over 30 goals in a season five different times. Wilson started his career with Toronto, and moved through Rochester and Minnesota before landing in Edmonton.

If there's a worry here, it's the direction of Wilson's production. He's gone from 40 goals in a season to 23 to 13 the last couple of years. Wilson will be 32. That's clearly not old by NLL standards - ask John Tavares - but it's easy to wonder what's up. However, he is an Ontario native and might appreciate the chance to play in the area again.

I could possibly argue that Thompson's departure carries a little risk. He was the Bandits' top draft choice last year. I do remember Luke Wiles saying without prompting that the Bandits needed to find Thompson some playing time, because he had a lot of talent. I think it's fair to say that coach Darris Kilgour likes an experienced roster

On the other hand, Thompson was a second-round pick. And the Bandits may have traded a former second-rounder for a potential 30-goal scorer and a second-rounder. Hard to argue about that.

By the way, IL Indoor reports that Wiles is in the midst of a contract dispute with the Bandits. There is a pay scale, but there are bonuses available in different ways. It's difficult to believe something won't get done before the start of the season ... but I believe I said something like that about the National Hockey League this summer.

--- Budd Bailey

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