June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; General view of the stage and draft board order prior to the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Capitals Draft Prospect: Ben Thomas

Yesterday we looked at Joshua Jacobs as a possible 2nd round defenseman for the Washington Capitals.  Ben Thomas is another player and defenseman that would fit into the mold that Barry Trotz and Brian MacLellan are pushing.

Ben Thomas is another big defenseman that stands 6’1″ and weighs in at 190#s.  He is a player that plays at a high level.  He is a two-way player that is quick and has very soft hands when handling the puck.  He is a defenseman that can play on the power play.  He is able to start quickly and move the play of the ice. 

One downside is that his back-skating could use some work.  He is not afraid to take it into the corners either.  A big physical defenseman is just what the Capitals have on order.

For the Calgary Hitman, this past season, Thomas played in 72 games and was able to put together 31 total points.  Offensively, not to bad for a two-way defenseman.

Thomas was on the scouts radar but not for the reasons that he was showing in the games.  Coach Mike Williamson commented on Thomas’ play, mainly his offensive breakout…

“Benny had a great start to the season and really opened up a lot of eyes when we had a lot of scouts in the first five, 10 games of the season,” Williamson said. “We had a lot of guys come down and say, ‘Who is this guy and where’d he come from?’ because they had him on the radar, but not to do what he was doing.”

Mike Williamson, NHL.com

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