Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Notes: Thompson Taking It All in as Rookie Season Winds Down

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues Notes: Thompson Taking It All in as Rookie Season Winds Down

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This has been a whirlwind of a rookie season and very much a learning experience for Blues forward Tage Thompson, who began the campaign as a teen-ager and is now a grizzled veteran of 40 NHL games.

"This year's a big eye-opener," Thompson said. "It's a hard league and there's a lot of things you gotta work on, and round out your game. I'm seeing that right now.

"Just playing the role I'm in now is helping me play a 200-foot game. I think you can get away with certain things in college hockey, and certain things aren't going to work here in pro. Right now I think it's just learning everything, taking it in, learning how to play a solid defensive game. And hopefully next year I'll be able to step in and cruise offensively."

Part of that learning experience was two stints with San Antonio in the American Hockey League. Over the weekend it included being a healthy scratch in Las Vegas and Arizona, the first time that happened to the young center since returning to the Blues on Feb. 24 from San Antonio.

A native of Phoenix, Thompson didn't get to play in his hometown but he did have dinner with relatives.

"My mom and my dad met out in Phoenix when he was playing for the Roadrunners, and my whole mom's side of the family is from there," Thompson said.

As for sitting out the Golden Knights and Coyotes games, Thompson said: "I talked with (Mike) Yeo. It wasn't about my play, it was about what's best for the team and what he thought the best lineup was for those two games. We had a couple chats and I understand."

Thompson returned to the lineup Monday against Washington on the third line with Dmitrij Jaskin and Vladimir Sobotka. He had the same assignment Wednesday against Chicago, although unlike the Washington game, he was not on the second power play unit against the Blackhawks.

A year ago, Thompson turned pro following his second college season at Connecticut. …

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