32-Year-Old Center – Anaheim Ducks
Nate Thompson Contract Information:
Agreed to four-year, $6.4 million extension with Lightning in March 2013.
Thompson (Achilles) skated before practice Monday and is making progress toward a return, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports.
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Thompson was traded to the Ducks in June after the season had ended. Anaheim has to feel somewhat optimistic about his future, as both his points and plus-minus rating has trended upwards for each of the last three seasons. But he will remain a bottom-six option (and maybe even in the bottom three) and fantasy value will be sorely limited.
Thompson is the perfect role player -- he'll do whatever you ask. His skill set is limited, but his commitment to his team is huge. But fantasy-wise, that just doesn't translate into much value at all.
Thompson brings his lunch bucket to work every single day and he's the perfect employee -- he jumps before you ask and leaves everything on the ice. Hard work will keep him in the NHL, but it won't make him fantasy worthy unless your league counts blocked shots, hits and perhaps shorthanded time-on-ice.
Thompson is a perfect number four center. He throws hits, blocks shots, kills penalties and even throws in a fair number of points. He should come close to replicating his numbers from last season and that may earn him the last spot in deep leagues with specialty categories.
Thompson is the perfect lunch pail toting, blue collar wearing hockey player. He does everything that's asked of him but his heart is bigger than his talent. He's definitely mis-cast as third liner but could provide value on the fourth line or in the A. He just won't provide any fantasy value.
Thompson appeared in 43 games for the Islanders in 2008-09, but recorded just four points. He will probably shuttle to and from Bridgeport and when he is with the big club, will likely be called for fourth-line duty.
In his his third season in the AHL, Thompson contributed 19 goals and 39 points last year. He's an energy guy who could eventually graduate to a third- or fourth-line/penalty kill role with the Bruins.
Not expected to spend much time at the NHL level this season. Thompson saw only four games with the B's last season, and will probably spend most of his time this year in the AHL.