He arrived in Buffalo four years ago as a prospect, now he’s a star. Tage Thompson scored 38 goals last season and became one of the biggest performance jumpers. After all, a year earlier, the twenty-four-year-old American managed only eight hits, which was also his personal best.
The Sabers acquired Thompson from St.Louis in the severance package for elite center Ryan O’Reilly. As a player, who is accompanied by the reputation of a tremendously talented individual.
After all, the Bluesmen drafted Thompson in the first round in 2016, they trusted him so much.
The two-meter and 100-kilo forward showed what’s in him as far as Buffalo. His physical parameters don’t quite fit into the current NHL era, however, thanks to the fact that he worked on skating, his greatest qualities could stand out. Above all, an accurate front sight.
“The progress he’s made this year is a testament to how dedicated he is to working on himself. He wants to help the team on and off the ice, he wears our jersey with pride,” commented general manager Kevyn Adams on his new contract.
Thompson was still on the run, but he was a priority for Adams. He will cut $7.14 million per year from the salary cap, which is not an exorbitant amount if he can repeat his performances. After all, there were only 18 better scorers in the NHL in the 2021/2022 season.
He added 30 assists to 38 goals, and was always noticeable on the ice.
After one successful year, this is a brave investment from Buffalo, especially when it was possible to wait, but Šavle believes in Thompson and counts on him as one of the driving forces of the offensive.
They like his enthusiasm, hard work and growth in the game, which Adams emphasized in the press statement, perhaps alluding to several players who in the past acted as a body without a soul in the Buffalo jersey and certainly did not contribute to a good atmosphere in the cabin.
Thompson is their opposite. Thanks to that, the Sabers gave him 50 million.
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