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Fantasy Summary

A giant, rangy forward who protects the puck well along the boards, skates well for his size and supports puck possession in the offensive zone. Likely to be at least a bottom-six forward in the NHL.


Observations

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August 2020 – Tage Thompson was injured for most of the 2019-2020 season. After spending the previous season in the NHL, Thompson began his most recent campaign in the AHL. In his brief AHL stint, he has proven that he can be an effective contributor at that level. He is strong on the puck, possesses a tremendous reach, provides physicality and handles the puck well enough to be a potential full-time player in the NHL. As a former first-round pick, four years removed, the Sabres are hoping that he can develop further to become an offensive contributor at the next level. He may not have the time or space to be as effective at the next level as his draft position would indicate, but he has significant potential to be a serviceable bottom-six, or even a middle-six forward. He has not yet played since sustaining his shoulder injury back in November 2019. His current contract expires at the end of this season. He will be an RFA. Kevin Wong

 

February 2020 –  In January, the Sabres announced that Tage Thompson will miss five to six months. He is healing up after shoulder surgery. Prior to the injury, Thompson had suited up in 16 games for the Rochester Americans and one game for Buffalo. In his one appearance in Buffalo, he failed to put his name on the scoresheet. However, with Rochester, he lights up the lamp and tallied 12 points (six goals and six assists). Thompson will be due for a contract renewal at the end of the season. He will be an RFA. Josh Tessler

 

September 2019 – In the first preseason game for the Sabres, Tage Thompson recorded a power play goal. Thompson was utilized as the net-front specialist and it paid off. A shot from the point from Rasmus Dahlin had rebounded off of Pittsburgh goaltender Tristan Jarry. Thompson collected the puck and put it past Jarry. Last season, the Buffalo Sabres had a mediocre power play and if Thompson can continue to be dominant on special teams then he can make a solid case for his name to be on the opening night roster. If Thompson does crack the Sabres roster, he will be a serviceable top nine winger and could be a solid fantasy producer. Josh Tessler

 

July 2018 – Thompson was traded from the St. Louis Blues to the Buffalo Sabres alongside Vladimir Sobotka, Patrik Berglund and draft picks in exchange for Ryan O’Reilly.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

March 2018- Tage Thompson sits in an interesting position in his first season as a pro. That being incredibly effective in the AHL(18 points in 30 games) while not so much at the NHL level just yet. Having put up eight points in 34 games for the Blues, Thompson is just now starting to use his bigger frame to bring results. Being 6’5″ and over 200 pounds the 2016 first round pick will be a force once he realizes how simplify his game a bit. Thompson can control the puck with ease, his only struggle is finishing on opportunities in those prime scoring areas. Thompson is up with the Blues a tad too soon which could result in a few more stints in the AHL before being a full time Blue. One has to remember also that Thompson can play down the middle as well. Something the Blues have been looking to work on. Josh Epstein

 

December 2017 –  Thompson was recently recalled to the St. Louis Blues.  He has spent four games with the big club and has yet to score a goal or an assist for the Blues this season. Doug Abrams

 

September 2017 – Thompson had a superb performance at the Traverse City tournament and has been visible in the preseason games he’d played.  Skating and speed of mental processing remains and issue with Thompson, but his skating is noticeably improved.  He still needs work on his first step.  Thompson may well get his first NHL call up in 2017-2018. Doug Abrams

 

May 2017 – In 2016-2017, Thompson played 16 games with the Chicago Wolves with one goal and one assist. Thompson was a fascinating player to have researched and watched during his draft season. The views of Thompson ranged from a guy who could not skate well enough to ever become an impact NHL center or wing to those scouts who believed he was going to become a dominant power forward. In 2016-2017, Thompson had a fine season with the University of Connecticut. In 34 games, Thompson scored 19 goals and had 13 assists. He seems likely to spend 2017-2018 with the AHL Wolves. Doug Abrams

 

March 2017 – Thompson put a bow on his college career at UCONN by signing an entry-level deal with St. Louis. He will end this season in Chicago (AHL) on a pro tryout before beginning his entry-level in 2017-18. The big centre put together back-to-back 32 point efforts in his two NCAA campaigns, leading the Huskies in scoring in 2016-17, and scored 33 goals in 70 games. The best pure goal scorer in the Blues system, he’ll more than likely see the bulk of next year in the AHL but some NHL time wouldn’t be out of the question. Brad Phillips

 

January 2017 – Thompson wasn’t his usual goal-scoring self at the 2017 WJHC with four helpers and just a single tally in seven games, but it was a beauty and a GWG at that. Nevertheless, Thompson isn’t complaining since he secured a gold medal. He’s scoring at just over a point per game for UConn with 20 points and 12 goals, both team highs, in 19 games. Brad Phillips

 

December 2016 – The Blues first rounder will look to crack team USA after being named on of the 27 players to the preliminary roster for the 2017 tournament. Thompson has kept up his sniping ways in 2016 firing 10 goals and 18 points, both team highs for the UCONN Huskies. Also an encouraging sign is that five of Tage’s goals have come at even strength after registering only one all of last season. Brad Phillips

 

November 2016 – Thompson is off to a great start in his sophomore season leading the UCONN Huskies in every major offensive category; goals, assists, points, powerplay goals, powerplay assists, powerplay points and shots. He’s already tripled his even strength goal production from last year, sitting at three. He’s still a power play beast with nine of his 14 points coming with the man advantage, placing him third in the NCAA in PP points and highest among drafted players. He still needs to add some mass to that lanky frame of his, but if he is able to keep up this high level of play, there’s a good chance he’ll turn pro after this season. Brad Phillips

 

June 2016 – With the 26th pick in the 2016 draft the Blues scooped up the hulking Tage Thompson out of UConn. He’s got solid bloodlines with his dad Brent being a former NHLer. Skating in all 36 games for the Huskies, he scored 14 goals while assisting on 18 others placing him second on the team with 32 points. He’s a stone cold killer on the PP with 13 of those goals coming with the man-advantage (which led the nation). An impressive feat for a freshman. However the one even strength goal, and minus-14 rating has raised concerns about his ability to be a productive 5-on-5 player. A power forward through and through, he is not afraid to play down low or get to the front of the net for greasy goals. Skating is usually a concern for big men but not here (although he could stand to get faster). He sports a quick release and deadly shot which he utilizes a la Alex Ovechkin on the PP. Possesses a high hockey IQ and is versatile having played centre, wing and occasionally as a defenseman on the PK. There are still some areas of his games he needs to work on. He still needs to add a bit of weight to that frame in order to maximize the size. Some scouts also wish he played with the same fire as his dad as well. Should spend as least two more years at UConn and another year or two in the minors. Brad Phillips

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 5.5
NHL Certainty 9.0
Country USA
Position RW
Roster Type NHL
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 30, 1997
Height 6‘7”
Weight 215 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 1; Overall: 26

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2010-2011 Alaska All Stars 14U AA14U AA12 23 2952 6|        
 2011-2012 Mid Fairfield Rangers 14U AAAAYHL 14U22 16 521 10|        
 2012-2013 Long Island Royals 15U AAAAYHL 16UA16 14 1428 19|        
  Elite Hockey Group OHL Cup3 0 00 0|        
 2013-2014 P.A.L. Junior Islanders 16U AAAUSPHL 16U16 17 1431 8|        
 2014-2015 USNTDP JuniorsUSHL25 7 714 20|        
  Team Red USA-S175 4 37 -|        
  U.S. National U18 TeamUSDP64 12 1426 32|        
  USA U18WJC-187 0 11 2|        
 2015-2016 Univ. of ConnecticutNCAA36 14 1832 12|        
 2016-2017 Univ. of ConnecticutNCAA34 19 1332 24|        
  Chicago WolvesAHL16 1 12 2|Playoffs10 2 13
  USA U20WJC-207 1 45 4|        
 2017-2018 St. Louis BluesNHL41 3 69 12|        
  San Antonio RampageAHL30 8 1018 4|        
  USAWC10 1 23 16|        
 2018-2019 Buffalo SabresNHL65 7 512 20|        
  Rochester AmericansAHL8 6 39 4|Playoffs3 2 02
 2019-2020 Buffalo SabresNHL1 0 00 0|        
  Rochester AmericansAHL16 6 612 8|        
 2020-2021 Buffalo SabresNHL- - -- -|        

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