Fantasy Summary

Offensive-minded blueliner who skates well. Will need to add strength and refine his decision-making to succeed at the pro level.


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July 2022 – Thornton was passed over in the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard

May 2022 – There is a lot to like about Thornton’s game, especially when it comes to his offensive abilities. He processes the game at a rapid rate and plays the game at a quick pace, constantly moving his feet and using quick strides and crossovers to motor around the ice. He is able to put himself in a good position in the offensive zone, ready to receive and willing to quickly find a passing lane. However, this habit can prove to be dangerous at the next level as he does not display the poise of an NHL-caliber defensive prospect. He can sometimes panic with the puck and throw a bad pass or make a bad read in the defensive zone, pulling himself out of position. Thornton, however, has got the speed and agility to make up for mistakes in his own end, using his edges well and giving maximum effort. He doesn’t have the ideal size and strength of an NHL prospect but he has the offensive skill-set to play professionally in a moderate role, specifically on the powerplay. In the right organization, with the right development and coaching, Thornton could find himself being a mid/late-round success story. Evan Pace

Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 4.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth November 4, 2003
Height 5‘11”
Weight 181 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2012-2013 Winnipeg Jr. Jets (Brick)Brick Invitational6 0 00 4|        
 2016-2017 Winnipeg Warriors U14 AAAWAAA U1426 15 2742 31|Playoffs8 0 77 14 
  Winnipeg Warriors U15 AAAWAAA U152 0 00 0|Playoffs3 0 22
 2017-2018 RINK Hockey Academy Winnipeg U15CSSHL U1530 13 1629 30|Playoffs5 2 13
  RINK Hockey Academy Winnipeg U16CSSHL U163 0 00 0|        
  RINK Hockey Academy Winnipeg U15John Reid Bantam6 0 33 2|        
  Pacific Selects U15WSI U158 2 79 2|        
 2018-2019 RINK Hockey Academy U18 AAANAPHL 18U3 0 11 29|        
  Team Manitoba CWG6 2 35 2|        
  RINK Hockey Academy Winnipeg U18CSSHL U1831 17 3047 14|Playoffs3 1 34
 2019-2020 Chilliwack ChiefsBCHL54 6 1117 17|Playoffs7 0 11
 2020-2021 Fargo ForceUSHL23 2 24 2|        
  Prince George CougarsWHL6 1 23 6|        
 2021-2022 Prince George CougarsWHL65 14 3145 26|Playoffs4 0 11
 2022-2023 Prince George CougarsWHL68 23 5174 41|Playoffs10 2 35
 2023-2024 Prince George CougarsWHL68 18 5674 46|Playoffs8 3 58