Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Thomson a Top Prospect for 2011 Draft

Jordan Thomson has May 5th circled on his calendar.

That's the date for this year's WHL Bantam Draft, and the 14-year-old defenceman is probably not going to have to wait too long to hear his name called.

WHL scouts are salivating over the Wawanesa product and he's expected to be chosen in the first round, possibly in the first ten picks.

"It can get in your head," admits the 5-foot-10, 165 pound Thomson, "I just try to keep it out, go game-by-game and wait for the day to come."

Thomson received a special excemption from Hockey Manitoba last fall to join the Southwest Cougars of the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League.

Thomson hasn't looked out of place despite playing against players that are, sometimes, four years older than he is.

"It was tough, at the start, seeing all the bigger guys," says Thomson, "I just got it in my head that I have to be ready for this all year so I picked up my game, learned and lot and got better throughout the year."

Thomson notched two goals and 14 assists for 16 points in 40 regular season games with the Cougars and then added a goal and three points in helping Southwest to a three-game sweep of Central Plains in their quarter-final series.

As the youngest player in the MMHL, Thomson leans a lot of Southwest's veterans for guidance.

"Our captain, Colton Magwood, is always there and if I need to ask him something, he'll give me the answer," says Thomson, "Cameron Rowat, as well. He's a good guy and a good leader on the team and he'll always be there."

Thomson has a little more to worry before the Bantam Draft.

The Cougars face Wheat Kings' prospect Daniel Asham and the Winnipeg Wild in a Best-of-Five Semifinal series that begins Sunday at the MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg.

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