Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues' First-Round Draft Picks

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues' First-Round Draft Picks

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ROBERT THOMAS

Position * Center

Ht., wt. * 6-0, 187 pounds

Age * 17 (turns 18 on July 2)

Stats * 16 goals, 50 assists in 66 games in 2016-17 for London Knights of OHL.

Also * Ranked No. 22 among North American skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau; has moved quickly up the scouting charts, after not being a first-round pick in the OHL draft two seasons ago. Another product of London system under coach Dale Hunter; Thomas was a linemate of Matthew Tkachuk. Once a defensive standout, he became a point-a-game player last season. "Robert is a good 200-foot player, he's intelligent," Matt Ryan of NHL Central Scouting told NHL.com. "He's an excellent passer and has a good vision on the ice. He can create in traffic, doesn't panic and makes smart decisions with the puck. He's a natural playmaker. …

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