Rock ships out Wilson

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:52 AM ET

Aaron Wilson is Rochester-bound, the latest move in a wild off-season overhaul for the Toronto Rock.

The Rock shipped the fan favourite and a 2009 first-round pick to the Rochester Knighthawks at the National Lacrosse League's entry draft yesterday in exchange for defender Stephen Hoar and 2008's fifth overall pick, which the Rock quickly peddled to the San Jose Stealth for forward Luke Wiles.

Wilson scored an impressive 190 goals in 91 regular-season games for the Rock, but his production tailed off since a breakout 41-goal, 70-point 2005 campaign -- the last time the club won the Champions Cup.

Wilson became expendable when the Rock traded for potential 50-goal man Lewis Ratcliff at the deadline last spring and brought in former 44-goal scorer Craig Conn via a recent dispersal draft.

Wiles and Hoar, both 26, should also shore up two potential areas of concern for the 2009 season, which kicks off Jan. 3 in New York.

Wiles, who gathered a team-best 95 loose balls two seasons ago for the Stealth, should come in handy with all-time loose-balls leader Jim Veltman now retired.

Wiles, like Conn, is coming off an injury, but managed 20 goals and 54 points in 11 games last season. Hoar is fifth all-time with 892 career faceoff wins and will help the Rock in that department.

"We feel that the addition of Luke and Steve will improve our team at both ends," Mike Kloepfer, Rock director of lacrosse operations said.

At the draft, the Rock selected Mike Fleming from Robert Morris College, Nick Rose from the Junior A Orangeville Northmen, along with Rama Kings Junior A goalie Derrick Gordon and Burlington native Tommy Hurley.

ALL IN THE FAMILY

Daryl Veltman, Veltman's nephew, was selected first overall yesterday by the expansion Boston Blazers. As well, Ratcliff's brother Cayle Ratcliff, went 15th to the Calgary Roughnecks, the team the elder Ratcliff starred for before being traded to the Rock late last season.


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