UConn sophomore forward Tage Thompson has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues. Thompson was a first round draft selection, 26th overall, of the Blues in the 2016 NHL Draft.
Thompson had a 19-13-32 scoring line in 34 games for the Huskies this year, including seven power play goals. He also had a goal and four assists for the gold medal-winning US World Junior team. His one goal in the tournament was a beauty that showed off his scoring prowess:
Hoy freakin' crap this goal from USA's Tage Thompson is beautiful https://t.co/RWQg0vubHB— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) December 29, 2016
Thompson is a natural scoring threat with a terrific shot and good hands. His explosiveness and footwork work are also above average considering he is 6-5 200 lbs. UConn head coach Mike Cavanaugh compared Thompson’s style of play to a combination of NHLers Kevin and Jimmy Hayes.
We have Thompson ranked as the 12th-best NHL prospect in the NCAA this season. Thompson will report to Peoria in the AHL on a tryout agreement for the rest of the season, and then his three-year contract will begin next season.