Green Bay Sends Wilcox to Storm

General Manager and Head Coach Drew Schoneck announced Monday that the Tri-City Storm acquired Tampa Bay Lightning prospect goalie Adam Wilcox from the Green Bay Gamblers for a first round draft pick in the 2012 USHL Entry Draft.

“We felt that, while Pheonix (Copley) has played well for us so far this season, we could add a champion-like goalie in Wilcox to help this team take it to the next level,” Schoneck said in a Storm press release. “Adam was a major part of the success in Green Bay over the past year, and split time with a quality goalie in (Ryan) McKay, which allowed him to battle for his time.”

“We expect Adam to be a big addition to the Storm. He adds a little more winning experience to this team, and hope that he and Pheonix will lead this team to more wins overall.”

“This was a very tough trade for us,” Green Bay Head Coach Derek Lalonde said in a Gamblers trade announcement. “The fact that Ryan McKay came back to us late in the summer, meant we were going to have to move a goaltender. Adam is a very good goalie and a better person and we appreciated his time in Green Bay.”

The Gamblers will rely on goaltenders Ryan McKay and Mike Rotolo for the rest of the season.

Wilcox, who is committed to the University of Minnesota for next season, was drafted by Tampa Bay in the sixth round (178th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft following his rookie season in the USHL.

He has played in nine games this season for the Gamblers, posting a record of 7-2-0, two shutouts, 2.27 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. He is coming off a 6-0 shutout win for Green Bay on Saturday night in Muskegon and is rated as the fourth best goalie statistically in the USHL.

Wilcox played 24 games last season for Green Bay with a record of 16-6-1, 2.20 GAA, one shutout, and a .922 save percentage. His stats ranked him in the top three in the USHL last season.

Wilcox is expected to join the Storm before Wednesday’s game in Lincoln.