SAINT PAUL, Minn. â€“Â The Minnesota Swarm today announced that the team has signed free agent forwardsÂ Jesse GuerinÂ andÂ Aaron GraysonÂ to one-year contracts.
Guerin, 24, posted a career-high 59 points (22g, 37a) in 14 games with the MSLâ€™s Ajax Rock this summer. The lefty forward from Fleming College ranked second in the MSL in all three major scoring categories (points, goals and assists) during the regular season and twice posted 10-point efforts against the Brooklin Redmen.
â€œObviously we have an opportunity with Kevin Ross being moved out of the fold on the left-side,â€ Swarm associate general manager and head coachÂ Joe SullivanÂ said. â€œJesse has played in the league with Orlando and he knows what it takes to get the job done, he just needed an opportunity. He took it upon himself to get in the best shape that heâ€™s ever been in and thatâ€™s all been very reflective in the point production that heâ€™s put up in the MSL this year as the leagueâ€™s second leading scorer.â€
Guerin joins the Swarm with previous NLL experience under his belt having spent a portion of the 2010 season with Orlando. In five games with the Titans that season, the 5-foot-9, 165-pound forward recorded a goal in every game that he played in and finished the year with 14 points (5g, 9a) and seven loose balls.
Grayson, 28, notched 25 points (9g, 16a) in seven games with the OLA Sr. Bâ€™s Norwood Champs this summer. The native of Peterborough also appeared in two games with his hometown team, the MSLâ€™s Peterborough Lakers during the summer season and has totaled 18 points (7g, 11a) in 19 career games with the Lakers from 2008-12. This past winter as a member of the CLAXâ€™s Durham Turfdogs, Grayson ranked eighth in the league in scoring after recording 49 points (16g, 33a) in 12 games.
Grayson attended the Swarmâ€™s training camp session last year and was one of the teamâ€™s final cuts.
â€œAaron is determined to come to camp in the best shape possible to contend for a position with the Swarm,â€ Sullivan said. â€œHis size and athleticism will make him tough to overlook this year and we are very hopeful he brings his â€˜Aâ€™ game.â€