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Devils 4th Round Pick: Ben Thomson (LW)

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Appears to be a 19 year old goon.

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Appears to be a 19 year old goon.

Seems that all 3 of our picks have goonish qualities. Matteau is big on PIM, so is this guy, and the first footage I found of Johnson was of him fighting.

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The Prospect Blog: The OHL and the NHL Draft Round 4

Ben Thomson – New Jersey Devils – 96th Overall

Kitchener Rangers – Left Wing – 6’3″ – 205 – Jan. 16, 1993

Thomson is a player who has always shown a high potential level. Dating back to his days in the Mississauga Reps, he was always a player who you could see become a high end north to south forward, but one that could take a few years to meet that high potential. In his first two season in Kitchener, he showed some good work ethic and compete levels, however really struggled with the pace of the game, and did not adjust as quickly offensively as one could have expected. This year he seemed to finally take that initial step forward. He showed some good growth with his skill level, and a little better finish around the net. He showed improvement in his mobility and agility, and looked to be much more confident hockey player. What stood out, (and always has since he signed with the Rangers), was his aggressiveness and willingness to play a very strong physical game. He is a player who knows his role, and is willing to play it. He always is aggressive on the forecheck, displays good board play, and has the ability to impact that game from a physical standpoint. He still has areas in his game that he has to improve on. His skating is still an issue, specifically his east to west lateral mobility, his overall puck skills and his ability to make strong, crisp passes at a higher speed, as well as his overall finishing skills. He is no doubt a work in progress, but one that could carve out a role as an aggressive forward who plays a depth role at the next level. The 2012-2013 season will be important, as he needs to show that last years progression was just the start, not the end of his development as a hockey player

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