Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas
20-Year-Old CenterC
St. Louis Blues
2019 Fantasy Outlook
It took some time for Thomas to get used to the NHL game, but it's official now that he's here to stay. The 20-year-old finished his rookie campaign with 33 points in 72 games, and his production was even better down the stretch with 19 points over the final 30 contests. There were times during the postseason that Thomas looked like the best player on the ice, as his speed opens up space for his teammates while his vision helps develop plays out of seemingly nothing. Thomas could become a star in this league, and with top-six duties on tap, it would be surprising if he didn't ring up 50 points this year. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blues in September of 2017.
Ripples twine Wednesday
CSt. Louis Blues
November 6, 2019
Thomas scored a goal, racked up three hits and added two PIM in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Oilers.
ANALYSIS
Thomas' second-period tally would ultimately count as the game-winning goal. The first-round pick from 2017 is up to four points in 12 games, but three of those points have come in his last four outings. Currently, Thomas is seeing top-line minutes with Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder) out long-term. The recent uptick in points may be enough to keep the 20-year-old in that prime position, but he'll need to continue producing consistently to carry fantasy relevance, as he has just four hits and 14 shots this year.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:43
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:21
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
13:04
1:16
0:09
2019–20
13:43
1:21
0:02
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
A speedy center is what the Blues were missing in a turbulent 2017-18 campaign that fell short of the playoffs. Thomas has uncanny agility and an elite hockey sense, which triggered the Blues to select him No. 20 overall in the 2017 NHL Draft. The touted prospect spent last season in the OHL, racking up 24 goals and 75 points in 49 games, helping to win the league's championship while reeling in playoff MVP honors. He also mustered six points in seven games for Team Canada in the 2018 IIHF World Championships. There's nothing left for the 19-year-old Thomas to accomplish in Canadian juniors but he's still too young for the AHL, so St. Louis is expected to bring him up to the big club. GM Doug Armstrong wants to ease Thomas into action, so he'll likely start the season on the fourth line with special teams duties. However, Armstrong also added that if Thomas picks up the flow quickly, he could center the top line with Ryan O'Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko by the new year. Such a testament gives the pivot huge upside if he can make the leap.
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One goal through seven games
CSt. Louis Blues
October 28, 2019
Thomas has one goal and a minus-3 rating through seven games this year.
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Back in action
CSt. Louis Blues
October 17, 2019
Thomas (upper body) will return to the lineup for Thursday's game against Vancouver, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Could play Thursday
CSt. Louis Blues
Upper Body
October 16, 2019
Thomas (upper body) said he may play Thursday against the Canucks if he's cleared by doctors, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
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Sitting out Monday
CSt. Louis Blues
Upper Body
October 14, 2019
Thomas (upper body) isn't in the lineup for Monday's game against the Islanders, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Not expected to play Saturday
CSt. Louis Blues
Upper Body
October 12, 2019
Thomas (upper body) is slated to sit out of Saturday's game versus the Canadiens, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
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