Drafted in the fifth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, defenseman Tom Walsh took a step backwards in 2003-04 after a decent freshman season. The 6’0 195-pound blueliner started the season in style with two assists in an 8-0 exhibition victory over the University of Guelph, but then went 14 games before scoring two assists in a 3-2 over Union Jan. 2. Walsh was also scratched in Harvard’s third and fourth regular season games in November.
Walsh’s two-point performance earned him a spot on the ECAC Honor Roll Jan. 5, and the Arlington, Mass. native followed this up with a goal the next week against Cornell Jan. 9. However, by Valentine’s Day Walsh was a scratch again, scratched in three of Harvard’s final five games of the season. Walsh did not appear in any playoff games for the Crimson.
Having played in 32 of Harvard’s 34 games in his freshman season, Walsh played in 24 of Harvard’s 36 games in 2003-04, with only one goals and four assists, all scored in ECAC conference play.
2007-08: A solid all-around contributor in his second pro season. He’s been part of the first power-play unit all season, and has been an all-purpose defenseman of sorts. Walsh spent the season with the Worcester Sharks (AHL), appearing in 76 games with the club. He recorded 36 points (6g+30) in his first full season with the team. It’s reported that he will spend the 2008-09 season with HIFK Helsinki in Finland.
Walsh is a puckhandling defenseman with strong skating skills.
Coach Sommer described a player whose consistency and effort have even helped struggling teammates get back in stride.
“He can skate, he does a good job with the first pass, he keeps his game pretty simple,” he said. “He’s a guy that we’ve kind of used all over- he’s just a steadying influence for us.”