The Kelowna Rockets have selected right-defencemen Lassi Thomson 53rd overall in the first round of the 2018 CHL Import Draft.
Rockets General Manager Bruce Hamilton says the Finnish defenceman addresses a problem the club would have been facing heading into next season.
“We needed to get a defenceman. All of the reports of Lassi are that he’s a good, young player,” said Hamilton. “It may take him a while to adjust, but we needed to add another defenceman, and we feel he will be a good fit here.”
Born in Tampere, Finland, Thomson is listed at 5’11, 199lbs. Last season(2017-2018) while playing with Ilves U20, the 2000 born defender played in 49 games, recording 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points. He also added 44 penalty minutes. On top of the solid regular season with Ilves U20, he also played in six games for Ilves U18, recording four goals and three assists for seven points. The right-handed puck-moving D-man competed in the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship for Finland where he recorded two assists in seven games. He also took part in 20 other international jr. games for Finland, notching three goals and adding seven assists for 10 points.
“I’m glad to be part of the Rockets and I’m happy Kelowna picked me! I believe I can be a good player for Kelowna. I will do my best on and off the ice to be the best teammate I can and hopefully help Kelowna win games!” Lassi Thomson said on being selected by Kelowna in the 2018 CHL Import Draft.
The Rockets don’t foresee any issues acquiring Thomson’s release from the Finnish Ice Hockey Federation and he will be at the Rockets training camp in August.