Tage Thompson

Tage Thompson

24-Year-Old Right WingRW
Buffalo Sabres
2021 Fantasy Outlook
It wasn't pretty (eight goals, six assists, 14 points, minus-six rating), but Thompson set career-high marks across the board last season. He was in and out of the lineup early in the year before securing a full-time spot over the course of Buffalo's final 23 games. He was productive over that span, posting seven goals and 12 points. Thompson is the exact type of player a rebuilding team like Buffalo should give every opportunity to bloom. He's 6-foot-6 with an excellent set of hands and he's still just 23 years old. It would be shocking if Thompson didn't begin next season as a regular in the lineup given his strong finish to last campaign, but fantasy managers should take a wait-and-see approach before taking the plunge. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $1.4 million AAV extension with the Sabres in October of 2020.
Huge day on power play
RWBuffalo Sabres
January 22, 2022
Thompson scored two goals and an assist, all on the power play, in Saturday's 6-3 win over the Flyers.
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Both tallies came in the first period, as the Sabres took a 3-2 lead they wouldn't relinquish. Buffalo's top line had a big afternoon overall, as Thompson, Jeff Skinner and Alex Tuch combined for four goals and eight points. Thompson is up to 14 goals and 28 points through 38 games as the 24-year-old continues to enjoy a breakout campaign.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    17:44
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    2:41
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:28
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2019–20
6:59
0:00
0:00
2020–21
13:52
1:15
0:02
2021–22
17:44
2:41
0:28
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Thompson only appeared in one contest with the Sabres before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury last year. The 6-foot-6 American should be a full-time player for Buffalo in 2020-21, but he'll be playing in a checking role on the fourth line, severely limiting his offensive upside. Thompson should be a solid bottom-sixer for the Sabres this season, but he won't be a useful fantasy option.
Thompson's huge at 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, and he turns just 22 in October, so there's some upside to be found in St. Louis' 2016 first-rounder. He spent most of last season with the big club in Buffalo, coming away with seven goals, 12 points and a minus-22 rating in 65 games. That lack of scoring suggests he's likely ticketed for a bottom-six role, though Thompson did flash some AHL scoring touch with six goals and three helpers in eight games. Though the Sabres have a glut of bottom-six forwards on the roster, Thompson's size and youth should help him secure a roster spot in camp.
The 2016 first-round (26th overall) pick got his first taste of the NHL last season, lighting the lamp three times and dishing out six helpers in 41 games. There was a learning curve for Thompson, however, as he struggled defensively at times, shying away from contact and finishing with a minus-12 rating. Still, The 6-foot-5, 205-pound forward has massive potential highlighted by a dangerous wrister, but the Blues packaged him in a trade to Buffalo in exchange for star Ryan O'Reilly. The Sabres are a better fit for Thompson at this time, as they're younger and the pressure of chasing a Cup hasn't arrived yet. It will be a good opportunity for the 20-year-old to hone in on improvements while manning Buffalo's third line. Fantasy owners in keeper leagues should see Thompson's bright future, but those searching for results this season will want to look elsewhere.
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Off non-roster list
RWBuffalo Sabres
January 19, 2022
Thompson was activated from the non-roster list Wednesday, per CapFriendly.
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Unable to make trip
RWBuffalo Sabres
Covid-19
January 18, 2022
Thompson wasn't able to make the trip for Tuesday's matchup with Ottawa due to Canada's COVID-19 border restrictions, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
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Exits virus protocols
RWBuffalo Sabres
January 14, 2022
Thompson cleared the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Friday, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
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Enters COVID-19 protocols
RWBuffalo Sabres
Covid-19
January 10, 2022
Thompson was placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Monday.
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Two helpers against Bruins
RWBuffalo Sabres
January 1, 2022
Thompson picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Saturday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Bruins.
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