The Bow, New Hampshire native saw much of his ice time alongside Matt Carle in non-power play situations. The pairing proved to be very effective throughout the year. Thomas posted seven points (two goals, five assists) playing in 42 games this season. Both of his goals were game-winners. He finished second on the team in penalty minutes with 78.
2006-07 Season: Andrew Thomas has blossomed into a solid leader both on and off the ice for the Denver Pioneers. The Bow, NH native was the team’s lone defenseman to have played in all 40 games this season. He posted seven points (two goals, five assists) and led Denver with 71penalty minutes. Thomas capped his junior campaign with a selection to the WCHA All-Academic Team for the second consecutive year.
Thomas is a defensive defenseman who is big and loves to play the body. He is hard-nosed and can deliver some punishing hits. He uses his size and strength to great advantage, particularly when going one-on-one with opposing players. He skates extremely well for a player his size with powerful strides. He is very solid in the defensive zone. While he doesn’t provide much offense, Thomas has shown that he is opportunistic in chipping in a goal once in a while. He possesses a hard heavy shot. He is also smart, competitive, a hard worker and doesn’t get caught out of position often. As he matures as a player, the mental aspects of Thomas’ game should improve as well.
Update (07-08): While Thomas brings some ruggedness to the Pioneers blueline, this past season he also brought leadership and stability to the predominantly young defensive corps. One area where Thomas has vastly improved since his rookie season has been in his ability to make smarter decisions with the puck. He is excellent in his own, particularly in one-on-one situations. He makes great use of his size and strength. Thomas has shown a willingness to jump up and join the offensive rush but it almost never comes at the expense of his defensive responsibilities. His awareness and reaction to plays have also improved as well.