Stephen Ward

Fantasy Summary

Thoreson’s offensive toolkit and hockey mind are quite excellent, but he remains very raw and gets physically overwhelmed by USHL opponents far too regularly, while it’s a longshot, he does have top-six upside.


Observations

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June 2023 – Thoreson is a raw but very toolsy forward who spent most of his season playing high school hockey, but really shone in his 26 USHL appearances. He’s evasive, highly dynamic, stays in constant motion, and attacks the slot with every offensive maneuver. Off-puck, he scans relentlessly, collecting information and processing it faster than most USHL players can. He’s also an active and fairly effective defensive player; he sticks to his assignments well and anticipates passes at a fairly high level. His transition game is marked by constant adjustments, frequent lane switches, and strong passing. His handling, playmaking, and shot all project to be above NHL average, and his processing and hockey sense are even better still. There is a large caveat, however. Thoreson gets physically overwhelmed quite regularly by USHL defenders which made it difficult for him to really excel with his slot-oriented style despite his high-end IQ. He will need to add stability and lower body strength to translate well to the NCAA, but the skill and intelligence make it a worthwhile gamble in the middle rounds of the draft as there is a longshot chance at 2nd line upside with Thoreson. Sebastian High

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 4.0
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 30, 2004
Height 5‘8”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted No

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Team Minnesota Brick Invitational6 0 11 6|        
 2018-2019 MN Great Plains 14U AAAMNBEL 14U4 1 12 -|        
  Andover Huskies Bantam AA14U AA- - -- -|        
  Minnesota Blades U15 WSI U158 3 14 4|        
 2019-2020 B15 - District 10 MNHP-153 1 12 -|        
  MN Kings 15U AAAMNBEL 14U14 19 1534 -|        
  MN Green Giants 15O AAAMNHP 15O17 13 1124 14|        
  Andover Huskies Bantam AA14U AA55 89 111200 -|        
 2020-2021 Minnesota Blizzard 16U AAA16U AAA- - -- -|        
  Andover High USHS-MN22 15 4055 8|        
 2021-2022 B17 - Section 7 MNHP3 1 34 -|        
  B17 - White (Final 54)MNHP3 0 11 -|        
  Team Red USA-S174 1 56 0|        
  Team MPLS Magazine UMHSEHL20 14 1529 22|Playoffs3 2 57
  Waterloo Black HawksUSHL2 0 00 4|        
  Andover High USHS-MN31 29 4574 21|        
  Minnesota WildernessNAHL1 0 11 2|        
 2022-2023 Waterloo Black HawksUSHL23 9 1423 12|Playoffs3 0 11
  Andover High USHS-MN31 41 5697 40|        
 2023-2024 Waterloo Black HawksUSHL45 13 3649 58|        
 2024-2025 St. Cloud State Univ.NCAA- - -- -|        

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