Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas
21-Year-Old CenterC
St. Louis Blues
IR
Injury Thumb
Est. Return 3/28/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Thomas improved from his rookie season in 2019-20, if only marginally, but it still only scratches the surface of what he can do. He scored 10 goals and 42 points on a team where it was difficult to crack the top two lines, and the 2020-21 season definitely hints at bigger things. Thomas' versatility allows him to move up and down the lineup with relative ease, sometimes to the first line, and he's currently one of the best young players in the league, ranking fifth with 75 points among players drafted in 2017 or later. His point production will improve if he can move up the depth chart on a veteran Blues squad, but also if he can get more playing time on the first power-play unit. If Thomas falls into the later rounds, fantasy managers should be intrigued by his upside. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blues in September of 2017.
At least four weeks away
CSt. Louis Blues
Thumb
March 1, 2021
Bleus GM Doug Armstrong said Monday that Thomas (thumb) will be re-evaluated in four weeks, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.
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Thomas will remain on injured reserve as he recovers from the fractured thumb he suffered Feb. 6. Early April appears to be his most likely return date at this point. Meanwhile, the Blues are short on depth up the middle, as Tyler Bozak (upper body) is still out for a few more games, and both Ivan Barbashev (ankle) and Jacob De La Rose (lower body) are out long-term.
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2020–21 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    13:11
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    1:52
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:02
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2018–19
13:04
1:16
0:09
2019–20
14:34
1:26
0:01
2020–21
13:11
1:52
0:02
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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.
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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Shifts to IR, as expected
CSt. Louis Blues
Thumb
February 7, 2021
Thomas (thumb) was placed on injured reserve Sunday.
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Out 4-6 weeks
CSt. Louis Blues
Thumb
February 7, 2021
Thomas suffered a broken thumb during Saturday's loss to the Coyotes and will be out 4-6 weeks, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Departs with upper-body injury
CSt. Louis Blues
Upper Body
February 6, 2021
Thomas left in the first period of Saturday's game against the Coyotes with an upper-body injury and won't return, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Supplies pair of helpers
CSt. Louis Blues
January 31, 2021
Thomas recorded two assists and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 4-1 win over the Ducks.
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Provides two assists
CSt. Louis Blues
January 23, 2021
Thomas recorded two assists and won all six of his faceoffs in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Kings.
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