Anaheim Ducks Secure Former Senators First-Rounder Lassi Thomson Off Waivers

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Anaheim Ducks Secure Former Senators First-Rounder Lassi Thomson Off Waivers

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In a significant roster cut, the Senators sent 14 players to Belleville, including Lassi Thomson, their 2019 19th overall draft pick, who was set to start his fourth AHL season. Thomson failed to stand out during camp, especially in comparison to Travis Hamonic and Jacob Bernard-Docker, both contending for the sixth and seventh defensive positions this season. Given their one-way contracts, Thomson, on a two-way deal, became the more straightforward choice for demotion.

However, Thomson’s placement raised eyebrows, as he was assigned before players like Tyler Kleven, Max Guenette, Jacob Larsson, and Nikolas Matinpalo, who are all still in camp.

Thomson’s situation was further complicated this year by the requirement to clear waivers before joining the AHL roster, a step he couldn’t navigate. The Anaheim Ducks claimed him off waivers, suggesting significant interest.

This move has led to speculation about whether Thomson was ever offered as trade bait or if the Senators believed they could pass him through waivers without a claim, envisioning his potential success in Belleville.

Despite the uncertainty, Thomson’s AHL performance last year, where he recorded a career-high 33 points in 56 games, hints at his ability to aspire to a regular NHL role. Even if that doesn’t materialize, the prospect of spending another season in the AHL, perhaps in the milder climate of San Diego, offers continued development opportunities.

Reference:

https://www.thescore.com/nhl/news/2727999

https://www.sportsnet.ca/nhl/article/ducks-claim-2019-first-round-pick-lassi-thomson-off-waivers-from-senators/

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