Dalton Thrower
Image: NHL

Dalton Thrower

Hometown:

North Vancouver British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-12-20

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2012

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

2nd round (51st overall), 2012

Weight:

200 lbs.

<<<<<<< Updated upstream
History

2009-10: A second round selection of Saskatoon in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft, Dalton Thrower made his debut with the Blades. He played 55 games and had 7 assists and was plus-two with 61 penalty minutes on a Saskatoon team that finished with the league’s third best record. In eight playoff games he had 1 assist and was minus-one with 2 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Thrower skated in 68 of 72 games for Saskatoon in his second season as the Blades’ finished with the WHL’s best record. He also played for Canada Pacific in the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge. Thrower scored 6 goals with 14 assists and was plus-14 with 91 penalty minutes. The Blades were swept by upstart Kootenay in the second round of the playoffs. In ten playoff games Thrower scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was plus-four with 11 penalty minutes. He was scoreless with 6 penalty minutes in five games at the WHC.

2011-12: Thrower was the leading scorer amongst Blades defensemen in his third season with Saskatoon. In 66 games he scored 18 goals with 36 assists and was minus-four with 103 penalty minutes. The Blades won 40 or more games for the fourth straight season but were swept by Medicine Hat in the first round of the playoffs. Thrower had 1 assist and was minus-four with 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He was ranked 26th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Thrower had a tumultuous final season with Saskatoon; playing on the Blades’ second pairing and often facing the top opposition forwards. He scored 6 goals and 21 assists in 54 games and was +18 with 89 penalty minutes. He drew the ire of WHL and CHL officials and Saskatoon Coach/GM Lorne Molleken; receiving a pair of suspensions, one during the Memorial Cup, and was kept out of the lineup by Molleken for disciplinary reasons early in the year. The Blades finished first in the East Division but were swept by Medicine Hat in the first round. Thrower was -4 with no points and 6 penalty minutes in four WHL playoff games. Saskatoon, the Memorial Cup hosts, handed champion Halifax its only loss before back-to-back losses to Portland and London. Thrower was suspended for a hit on Portland’s Taylor Leier (no penalty was called on the play) and missed the London game; finishing with an even plus/minus with no points and two penalty minutes in three games. The Vancouver Giants acquired the rights to Thrower from the Blades in a May, 2013 trade.

2013-14: Thrower returned to the WHL for an overage season — skating with the Vancouver Giants after being acquired from Saskatoon in an off-season trade.  A team captain, he played 42 games for Vancouver, battling through an ankle injury that kept him out of the WHL playoffs and required surgery following the season. Thrower scored 12 goals with 27 assists and was +9 with 70 penalty minutes. Eight of his 12 goals were scored on the Giants’ power play. Vancouver finished third in the B.C. Division and was swept by Portland in a first-round playoff series. Thrower signed a three-year entry-level contract with Montreal in May 2014. 

2014-15: Thrower made his pro debut with the ECHL’s Brampton Beast in a December 27th game at Quad City, missing the first half of the season while recovering from injury. He skated in 37 games for the Beast — receiving a five-game suspension in January for leaving the bench during an altercation against Elmira. Thrower scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was -19 with 107 penalty minutes, second only to left wing Stephon Thorne (123).  Brampton finished last in the Central Division in its first year in the league, missing the ECHL playoffs.

2015-16: Thrower skated in nine games with the AHL’s St. John’s IceCaps in his second pro season — shuttling between the AHL and the ECHL’s Brampton Beast. Playing center at times for the IceCaps due to injuries in the forward group, he had an even plus/minus with no points and 24 penalty minutes. Thrower played 29 ECHL games with the Beast, scoring 1 goal with 3 assists and finishing -10 with 60 penalty minutes.

Talent Analysis

Thrower is a physical, in-your-face defenceman that plays the game hard and gives it his all every shift. He does well for himself when battling in corners and behind the net, and does an efficient job at clearing the crease and helping his goaltender see the puck. His skill-level is quite limited to defensive-zone coverage, as he is not the fastest skater out there and he doesn't have much offensive awareness to open things up and put points on the board. His role, at a higher level of competition, is best served on the bottom-pairing, where he can focus on playing his aggressive style and dropping the gloves when needed.

Future

Thrower skated in nine AHL games with Montreal affiliate St. John's in 2015-16 in his second pro season. The 51st player taken in the 2012 NHL Draft, Thrower has struggled to make the jump from junior to pro hockey. He has been a physical presence at the minor pro level but no longer projects as the puck-moving offensive threat that he was in junior hockey.

Frequently shuffled Montreal Canadiens prospects can’t help IceCaps into playoffs

by Chris Roberts
on
Photo: With 53 points, Charles Hudon finished second in St. John's IceCaps team scoring. (Courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

Photo: With 53 points, Charles Hudon finished second in St. John’s IceCaps team scoring. (Courtesy of Graig Abel/Getty Images)

It has been one of the more tumultuous seasons in Montreal Canadiens history, and, as a result, players have shuttled up and down from its AHL affiliate in St. John’s at a higher volume than anticipated. Before the season began, it was unlikely that young players like Daniel Carr, Mike McCarron or Joel Hanley would wear the bleu, blanc et rouge this season, but instead those and several more have filled gaps in Montreal. As a result, 45 players have dressed for the IceCaps in St. John’s. But that hasn’t been the biggest story in Newfoundland, especially since the arrival of NHL all-star John Scott, who has now suited up in 26 games for the IceCaps. Read more»

Deep farm system promises to keep Canadiens loaded for the foreseeable future

by Shawn Wilken
on
Photo: Jeremiah Addison has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 18 games with the Ottawa 67’s this season. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

Photo: Jeremiah Addison has 13 points (eight goals, five assists) in 18 games with the Ottawa 67’s this season. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

When Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk was drafted in 2012, most NHL pundits referred to the situation as a major shake-up. One thing that did not change was the man in power, Trevor Timmins, who was majorly responsible for how the Canadiens drafted over the last decade or so. Since 2003, he has aided in re-stocking the historic franchise’s cupboards. Read more»

Scherbak rises to top of Montreal Canadiens prospects heap

by Shawn Wilken
on
Photo: Nikita Scherbak put some muscle on during the offseason, walking into development camp at 200 pounds early in July. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

Photo: Nikita Scherbak put some muscle on during the offseason, walking into development camp at 200 pounds early in July. (Courtesy of Marissa Baecker/Getty Images)

The Montreal Canadiens have had a busy off-season. Starting with the draft, the management team added some depth to their prospect pool by selecting skilled, character and two-way centermen, while beefing up their need on the blue line. General Manager Marc Bergevin was hard at work with a few free-agent signings, adding Joel Hanley, Bud Holloway, Ryan Johnston and Mark Barberio, improving the farm teams considerably. Read more»

Montreal Canadiens prospects run deep at defense

by Pat Paeplow
on

Charles Hudon - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: When Charles Hudon finally gets his shot with the Canadiens, he will join a long list of Quebec-born players to play for the team. (Courtesy of Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The Montreal Canadiens prospect pool continues to grow more experienced every season. Because General Manager Marc Bergevin is intent on bringing his youngsters along slowly, the Canadiens have promoted just a single prospect into their roster. Several players among the Top 20 would be regulars in other organizations.

Read more»

Montreal Canadiens boast several seasoned AHL prospects

by Pat Paeplow
on

Charles Hudon - Montreal Canadiens

Photo: Forward Charles Hudon has been extremely strong in his first season of professional hockey, posting 32 points in 34 games. Hudon was a fifth round pick from the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Minas Panagiotakis/Icon Sportswire)

The Montreal Canadiens have several key prospects playing minor league hockey, the final developmental rung before the NHL. Some, like defensemen Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu, are poised on the brink of becoming NHL regulars.

Read more»

Related Articles