By Adam Tenenbaum
Nate Thompson played in his second season with the Anaheim Ducks since being acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning on June 29th of 2014. He appeared in just 49 games this season, as he missed the first 25 games of the year due to off-season shoulder surgery. Thompson registered six points (3 G, 3 A) while winning 52.1% of his face-offs and was a minus one.
He was a key contributor to the Ducks penalty kill, that ranked number one in the NHL. The thirty-one year old averaged 11:36 minutes of ice-time and had 47 penalty minutes on the year. Thompson started slow but finished the year strong as he was a solid fourth line center. He blocked 40 shots and had 103 hits.
Thompson, while quiet on the score sheet does all the little things that makes him a key piece of the Ducks core group. As mentioned above, he blocks shots,is good in the face-off dot plays key minutes on the penalty kill and above all is great leader on and off the ice.
He is signed through the 2016-17 season, making1.6 million this upcoming year. For his play this season, I give him a B. His solid play is invaluable to the Ducks, but his missed time due to injury and suspension, which factored into my decision.
Unfortunately for Thompson, he tore a tendon in his achilles this summer requiring surgery. He won’t be able to play for a several months to begin the 2016-17 campaign.
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