Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Stars acquire Trent Samuels-Thomas from Des Moines

Trade news!  I definitely didn't see this coming.

Per the Lincoln Stars Twitter account, the team has acquired forward Trent Samuels-Thomas from the Des Moines Buccaneers for a fifth round draft pick in the 2013 USHL Entry Draft.  Click here to read the tweet.

In 67 USHL games over the course of three seasons, Samuels-Thomas has accumulated 36 points (15g, 21a), 174 PIM's, and a plus/minus rating of -10.

With a few forwards (Michael Bunn, David Parrottino) set to come off of the 45-day injured reserve list, I didn't expect the Stars to make a trade for another forward.  However, I like the trade a lot.  Samuels-Thomas adds size to the forward group and has some good USHL experience under his belt.  As you can tell by his penalty minutes accrued, he's not afraid to drop the mitts to protect a teammate either.

If the Samuels-Thomas name sounds familiar, it should if you've followed the USHL the past few years.  Trent's older brother Jordan played two seasons (2007-09) for the Waterloo Blackhawks.  As a blog reader pointed out to me on Twitter, Trent and his brother Jordan are cut from the same cloth.  Big, power-forward type of players who like to play with an edge.

Honestly, I didn't think the Stars would be looking to add another forward, especially considering that the team is above the USHL-mandated 23-player roster right now.  As I stated above, Bunn and Parrottino should be coming off the 45-day IR soon, so that would mean the Stars would need to drop or trade two players to make room for them.

I know that forward Max Coatta will be going back to Minnesota soon to play his senior season at Minnetonka High School.  I assume Coatta will return to Lincoln next spring once his high school season is complete.  Basically, Coatta is doing this season what Vinni Lettieri did last season.

I believe defenseman Vinny Muto was recently let go by the team.  He wasn't listed with the scratches this past weekend, and hasn't played since 10/5/12, so I assume he's been traded or dropped.

So with Coatta and Muto off the roster, and Bunn, Parrottino, and Samuels-Thomas on the roster....the Stars would be at 25.  I believe my numbers are correct.  It's confusing for sure.

Regardless, I think this is a great trade.  Lincoln sends a mid-round draft pick to the Bucs for a big-bodied forward with some quality USHL experience.  Most of Lincoln's size is on the blueline so I think this is a good addition of size to the group of forwards.

Welcome to Lincoln, Trent!  Best of luck to you.


Anonymous said...

I have been totally looking forward for Bunn and Parrottino to take the ice. Does the acquisition of Trent Samauls-Thomas hinder my excitement?

Yeti said...

I hope not, Anonymous. I really was impressed with Bunn and Parrottino both when I saw them at Lincoln's tryout camp this past June. Parrottino had more goals scored than any other forward at camp, and Bunn really impressed me with his speed. The Stars will definitely be even better with those two on the ice.