Thomson, 18, spent this past season playing the right side on the Kelowna Rockets’ blueline - scoring 17 goals and 41 points in 63 games. The 6-foot defender is slated to join Ives in Finland to play pro hockey next season.
Through Colin’s DRAFT DAY: Expected Pick Range work, Thomson was expected to go 37th. Thomson is described as a puck-moving defenseman with skill who moves well around the ice. Corey Pronman gave a brightsided brief update on the Thomson pick and the other first round selections on Friday night. Other scouts and writers saw a strong season from Thomson as well, so I think Ottawa fans can be confident that the Senators have added another solid blueliner to the cupboard, joining Jacob Bernard-Docker on the right side.
Here’s a great compilation of Thomson highlights from his 2018-19 season in the WHL, courtesy of Hockey Prospects Center.