2017 NHL Entry Draft

Robert Thomas

ROBERT THOMASCanada

ST. LOUIS • ROUND: 1 OVERALL: 20

 

Previous Team: London Knights (OHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 21

Vital Statistics

Position: C • Height: 5-11½ • Weight: 185 • Shoots: Right
Birthdate: July 2, 1999 • Hometown: Aurora, Ontario

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous Team: York-Simcoe Express (Ontario Bantam AAA)
OHL Priority Selection: 2015 by London (Round 2, No. 26 Overall)
Agent: Top Draft Hockey
OHL Debut: Sept. 25, 2015 (London vs. Hamilton)
First OHL Goal: Oct. 12, 2015 (London at Hamilton)

IN THE NEWS:
Already Displays Very Well-Rounded Game
Is Compared to Former Knight Bo Horvat

Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "There is not a lot of flash to his game, but he's really smart, and he has a real understanding of how to play and a real understanding of how to advance the cause of the team." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "Strong commitment to defensive game on backcheck. Explosive skater. Strong on penalty kill with good work ethic and stick use. Smart forecheck and backcheck, taking lanes away from opponents." (Ben Gallant, ISS Scout)

• "Thomas just plays it right. He’s always in the right place, on the right side of the puck. He doesn’t manhandle anybody, but he gets up under people and he steals pucks, doesn’t let guys get by him." (Anonymous Scout, Recrutes.ca)

• "Plays a very strong two-way game. He plays the game at a high pace and is able to apply pressure defensively. When he gains control of the puck, quite often he will find a play out of the zone and usually doesn't throw away possession. He was effective on the penalty kill." (HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Very intelligent with good hockey sense in all three zones. Gained the trust of demanding coach Dale Hunter, and saw duty on both special teams. There was a hugh up-tick in his tenacity and battle levels, making a lot of second-effort plays to maintain pressure in the offensive end." (Red Line Report)