At Rogers Arena in Vancouver, the Ottawa Senators kicked off the summer by selecting Finnish defenseman Lassi Thomson with the 19th overall pick in the NHL Draft.
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.