The Saskatchewan Rush have announced the signing of key transition player Jeremy Thompson and backup goaltender Tyler Carlson to one-year agreements.
A dynamic player at both ends of the floor, Thompson is coming off a 2018 season that saw him place second in the NLL with 164 loose ball scoops, taking him over the 1,000 mark for his career (1,066). He also placed fourth in the league with 234 faceoff wins, leaving him just 12 shy of 1,500 as he enters his eighth pro season.
Thompson notched six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 2018 and along the way had 10 games in which he registered at least 10 loose ball scoops, including a season-high 17 playing his three brothers in the Georgia Swarm lineup.
“Jeremy is very capable of playing on offence because of the skill that he has, but he has become so valuable to us between the lines and on faceoffs, and he has become a very good defensive player,” said Rush general manager/head coach Derek Keenan.
In 2016, Thompson was the runner-up for NLL’s Top Transition Player Award and was named to the All-Pro Second Team. He is a two-time winner of both the Rush’s Community Service and Unsung Hero Awards.
For his career, the former Syracuse University All-American has posted 45 goals and 60 assists for 105 points in 120 regular-season games, plus another 17 points, including nine goals, in 21 playoff games. Thompson was originally a second-round pick in the 2011 NLL Entry Draft and was acquired by the Rush in 2013 via a trade with Buffalo.
Like Thompson, Carlson is also entering his eighth pro season, and he has earned one victory in each of his four seasons with the Rush. Last season, the Brampton, Ont., product posted 39 saves in a 11-9 win over Vancouver and finished the year with 96 minutes played, a 9.33 goals-against average and .797 save-percentage.
For this career, Carlson, who is regularly regarded as a favorite amongst his Rush teammates, sports a 15-18 record, 11.67 GAA and .746 SVP. Carlson was part of a major trade between the Rush and Minnesota in 2014 coming over in package that included the first overall pick in that year’s draft which the Rush used to select Ben McIntosh.