Ben Thomas
Image: WHL

Ben Thomas


Calgary Alberta

Currently Playing In:






Eligible for draft:









4th round (119th overall), 2014


193 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


2010-11: Ben Thomas skated for the Calgary Northstar Sabres bantam AAA team and played for the Calgary North Stars in the 2011 Alberta Cup. He scored 1 goal with 3 assists and had 2 penalty minutes in five games at the Alberta Cup. Thomas was selected by the Calgary Hitmen in the third round (45th overall) in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft.

2011-12: Thomas made the jump from bantam hockey to midget majors — skating in the Alberta Midget Hockey League with the Calgary Northstars. In 34 regular season games he scored 2 goals with 15 assists and had 46 penalty minutes. The Northstars finished third in the Chrysler Division. Thomas did not appear in any playoff games.

2012-13: Thomas skated in three pre-season games with the Hitmen before playing junior A hockey in Calgary and made his WHL debut with Calgary in the playoffs. He had no points nor penalty minutes in his only game with the Hitmen. Thomas began the season with the AJHL’s Calgary Mustangs — skating in 12 games and scoring 1 goal with 4 penalty minutes — before a mid-season trade to the Calgary Canucks. In 32 games with the Canucks he scored 4 goals with 3 assists and had 33 penalty minutes. The Canucks finished last in the South Division.

2013-14: Thomas spent his first WHL season with the Calgary Hitmen and played for the Canada U18 team in the 2014 World Junior Championship. The lone player to skate in all 72 regular season games for the Hitmen, he scored 7 goals with 24 assists and was +11 with 39 penalty minutes. Calgary finished first in the Central Division, falling to fourth-place Kootenay in a first-round playoff series. Thomas scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was +5 with 13 penalty minutes in six playoff games. Thomas had 1 assist and was +2 with 2 penalty minutes in seven games for Canada at the U18 WJC. Canada defeated Sweden 3-1 in the bronze medal game. Thomas was selected to play for Team Orr in the 2014 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. He was ranked 86th in the Central Scouting final rankings and was selected by Tampa Bay in the fourth round (119th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft. 

2014-15: Thomas skated in 60 regular season games for the Calgary Hitmen in his second WHL season — missing most of December due to injury. He scored 7 goals with 24 assists and was +14 with 28 penalty minutes. The Hitmen finished first in the Central Division and reached the Eastern Conference finals against Brandon. Thomas had 4 assists and was -5 with 2 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Thomas is a big, sturdy defense-first defenseman who has shown flashes of an offensive game. He has been challenged against speedy and highly-skilled forwards at times but should continue to develop as he matures physically and gains experience. He is fairly mobile for a large player though he is not an overly punishing player given that size.


Thomas matched his offensive totals from his first junior season despite missing 12 games in 2014-15 in his second season with the WHL's Hitmen. Overshadowed at times by teammates Travis Sanheim (Philadelphia) and impressive 16-year-old Jake Bean on the Calgary blue line, Thomas is a steady, reliable presence on the back end. He projects as a sound, second or third pairing defenseman at the NHL level. He is still fairly early in the development process.

Hitmen’s Sanheim using opportunities to fast-track his game

by Glen Erickson

Travis Sanheim - Calgary Hitmen

Photo: Calgary Hitmen defenseman and Philadelphia Flyers prospect Travis Sanheim was the top offensive defender in the WHL in 2014-15, posting 65 points in 67 games (courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

It’s an issue that has been considered in past years among aspiring hockey players and their families, and also an issue that will be considered many times over in the future. Read more»

Rockets’ Morrissey tops ranking of medal-laden WHL defensemen

by Glen Erickson

Josh Morrissey - Team Canada - 2015 World Junior Championship

Photo: Kelowna Rockets defenseman and Winnipeg Jets prospect Josh Morrissey is one of six WHL defensemen that earned medals at the 2015 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Aaron Bell/CHL Images)

This is the first in a series of articles that ranks by position NHL-drafted prospects from the WHL. This article looks at defensive prospects that are property of NHL clubs who are currently competing in the WHL. Read more»

Tampa Bay Lightning has large group of prospects playing at junior level

by Chris Roberts

Dominik Masin - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Defenseman Dominik Masin is one of six members of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2014 NHL Draft class to play in the CHL this season. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images for the credit.)

Despite the graduation of Jonathan Drouin from the junior ranks, the Tampa Bay Lightning have plenty of reason to keep a keen eye on the QMJHL, OHL, and WHL this season. From the 2013 NHL Draft, American-born forward Adam Erne remains with Quebec in the ‘Q,’ while six of seven selections from last year’s draft are currently playing in the CHL.

Read more»

Tampa Bay Lightning have solid young talent spread across all positions

by Chris Roberts

Cedric Paquette - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cedric Paquette has split the 2014-15 season between the AHL and NHL. Paquette was picked in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Jonathan Kozub/NHLI via Getty Images)

Even with some of its most promising prospects graduating to NHL ranks in recent years, the Tampa Bay Lightning continue to boast one of the league’s most impressive prospect pools.

Read more»

Several prominent Tampa Bay Lightning prospects poised for breakout seasons

by Chris Roberts

Vladislav Namestnikov - Tampa Bay Lightning

Photo: Forward Vladislav Namestnikov is one of several Tampa Bay Lightning prospects expected to have a big season in 2014-15. (courtesy of Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)

 The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect pool is flush with skilled and intriguing prospects worth following at every prominent level of hockey. From already-signed players Jonathan Drouin, Andrey Vasilevskiy, to offensively-talented but question riddled CHL prospects Adam Erne and Anthony DeAngelo.

Read more»

Related Articles

Win a PlayStation 4 + a copy of NHL 16 from GameRevolution and Hockey's Future! Complete one or more of the action... in Contests on LockerDome