Lassi Thomson

Ottawa Senators
Photo courtesy of kelownacapnews.com

Fantasy Summary

Offensive right-handed shot defenseman with top-four upside. Very good skater with excellent compete level. Has a great shot from the blue line. Needs to work on his defensive game.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 7.0
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth September 24, 2000
Height 6‘0”
Weight 190 lbs
Drafted 2019 Round 1; Overall: 19

Observations

August 2019 – Currently staring for the Finns at the World Junior Summer Showcase, the Ottawa first rounder is heading back to Finland for next season to play for Ilves. After staring for the Kelowna Rockets in his draft year, the decision to go play pro hockey after just one year in the WHL came as a minor shock to some. Thomson explained that the decision was made to further his development at this stage of his career. The offensively skilled blue liner will look to establish himself as a teenager in the Liiga which is certainly not an easy task. Thomson will need to work on his defensive game in order to truly excel once playing professional hockey regardless of the continent. He should be utilized on the power play and in offensive situations, Thomson will be a player to watch in the Liiga next year. Tony Ferrari

June 2019 – Thomson has been drafted 19th overall by the Senators.  Jokke Nevalainen

June 2019 – Thomson was officially measured at 6-foot-0 and 186 pounds at the NHL Draft Combine.  Jokke Nevalainen

February 2019 – Thomson left Finland to play for the Kelowna Rockets in the WHL, and so far that decision has looked good for him. He had a great start to the season offensively but has slowed down a bit since then. He gets to play good minutes with lots of power play time which suits his strengths as an offensive defenseman. He’s not big but he has a big shot from the blue line. And it’s not just a heavy shot, it’s pretty accurate as well. His playmaking abilities aren’t quite as good but they’re pretty good as well. He’s also developed a lot as a skater this season, and it’s a strength for him now. That skating ability allows him to be a good transitional defenseman. His defensive game needs a lot of work before he’s ready to play in the NHL. One important thing to remember about Thomson is that he’s very old for his draft class. If he was born nine days earlier, he would have been available for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Thomson is likely going to be drafted in the second round.  Jokke Nevalainen


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Ilves U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 6 2 1 3 4 |          
  Ilves U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 19 2 2 4 6 |          
  Finland Selects U15 WSI U15 7 0 1 1 2 |          
 2015-2016 Ilves U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 9 4 6 10 14 |          
  Ilves U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 24 6 12 18 18 |          
 2016-2017 Ilves U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 39 9 11 20 24 | Playoffs 4 2 0 2
 2017-2018 Ilves U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 6 4 3 7 2 |          
  Ilves U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 49 12 15 27 44 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 7 0 2 2 2 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 20 3 7 10 12 |          
 2018-2019 Kelowna Rockets WHL 63 17 24 41 40 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 7 1 0 1 18 |          
 2019-2020 Ilves Liiga 14 3 3 6 4 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 7 2 0 2 4 |          

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