NHL Experts react to Capitals drafting Patrick Thomas

Brian MacLellan, Washington Capitals (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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With the 104th pick in the fourth round of the NHL Draft the Washington Capitals selected Patrick Thomas. Let’s learn more about the fourth rounder.

Patrick Thomas spent the last three seasons with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the OHL. In 2021 22 he had six goals and 21 assists for 27 points and added eight assists in the playoffs.

Last season he had 17 goals and 39 assists for 56 points while adding six assists in the playoffs.

Caps senior writer Mike Vogel said on Twitter, “Patrick Thomas, the Caps third round choice, is an August 04 birthdate who is a second year eligible player. Was linemate of Nick Lardis (Chicago’s third rounder, No. 67 overall) at Hamilton, on one of OHL’s hottest lines in 2nd half of 22-23.”

“Thomas is a natural C, but switched to wing and led team in scoring in 22-23, playing for ex NHL D man Jay McKee. Thomas not present in Nashville for draft, will hopefully see him at development camp this weekend/next week.”

Luke Adomanis of Japers Rink said “Eh would have swung bigger.”

Bailey Johnson, the new Washington Post Capitals beat writer, notes that he was one of the youngest players in last year’s draft that didn’t get selected.

Sammi Silber of The Hockey News said this:

"Thomas is a natural center and outstanding playmaker who showcased his versatility and is coming off a switch to the wing. In 66 games with the Bulldogs this season, he had 17 goals and 39 assists for 56 points.This is the second year that he was eligible to be drafted and now, he is finally getting his look with D.C."

Overall I like how the Caps are stocking up on forwards in this year’s draft. Exactly how I drew it up as an armchair GM.

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Next up for the Caps is the fifth round with the 136th pick. Then it’s the 200th pick in Round 7.