He was a man amongst boys at this past July's USA Hockey Select 15 Festival in Amherst, NY. Now Baron Thompson is committed to play college hockey for the University of Maine. The '99 from Lakeville, Minn. plays for the Omaha AAA U16 midget team.
A third round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft by the Victoria Royals, many observers assume Thompson will choose the major junior route. He's a huge physical specimen for a player his age, standing tall at six-three and weighing in north of 200.
Thompson, who had four goals and an assist, was ranked as the 17th best forward at the USA Hockey Select 15 Festival by this writer.
17. Baron Thompson (#12 Orange) 6-4/225 Omaha U16 AAA - An absolute man-child on the ice, he complimented Dhooge well when the two were paired with each other during the week. He certainly intimidated many of his opponents by his hard shot and his size. His speed isn't the greatest, but he's a player with a pro body who will likely be playing major junior to start the 2015-16 season.
SB Nation College Hockey Managing Editor Chris Dilks was equally impressed with Thompson at this fall's NAHL Showcase.
Baron Thompson-F-Omaha-It's almost a guarantee that he'll end up signing with Victoria in the WHL, but he's still a very nice player. He's a huge kid, and unlike most kids that tall at that age, he's actually been that big for quite a while, so he's a lot more comfortable and coordinated than you'd typically see.
Thompson's commitment is another huge feather in the cap of Maine's top recruiter Ben Guite who was on the road recruiting this weekend. In recent weeks he and the Black Bears' staff has secured commitments from Keith Muehlbauer of Eastview High School and Selects Academy star Jacob Schmidt. This wave of good news on the recruiting trail certainly bodes well for the future of the Black Bears.
Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on Twitter @JeffCoxSports.