Jordan Samuels-Thomas
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Jordan Samuels-Thomas


South Windsor Connecticut

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Trade with Winnipeg, 2014


200 lbs.

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2006-07: Jordan Samuels-Thomas played with the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack in the AJHL. Named to North Roster for the AJHL All-Star Game. In 43 games, scored 21 goals with 38 assists while racking up 59 PIM.

2007-08: Joined to the Waterloo Black Hawks for his first season in the USHL. Took time to adjust but picked up his play in the second half of the season. In addition to regular shifts, saw time on the powerplay. In 58 games, he scored 8 goals with 3 assists and a -3 plus/minus.His combativeness and willingness to drop the gloves garnered him some notoriety with the fans and he finished with 65 PIM.

2008-09: Samuels-Thomas proved to be more than just an enforcer in his second USHL season – scoring 32 goals, including seven on the power play and four game-winners, to go along with 22 assists and was a much-improved +17. While he was still one of the tougher players for Waterloo, he showed some discipline and learned to choose his spots, lowering his time in the box to 59 PIM despite the increased ice time. Samuels-Thomas accepted a scholarship to Bowling Green. Samuels-Thomas was chosen in the seventh round, 203rd overall, of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers.

2009-10: Attended the Thrashers prospect camp before beginning his college career at Bowling Green. While the Falcons were one of the weaker clubs in NCAA hockey, winning just five games and finishing eleventh in the twelve team CCHA, Samuels-Thomas’ play was one of the few positives. In 35 games, he was their leading scorer with 11 goals and 14 assists.

2010-11: Samuels-Thomas was again a star player for the Bowling Green program, leading the Falcons in scoring with 21 points in 36 games. His 9 goals were also tops on the team, which says much about the struggles of the program to stay relevant in the CCHA.

2011-12: Samuels-Thomas was forced to sit out the season as per NCAA rules after transferring from Bowling Green to Quinnipiac.

2012-13: Samuels-Thomas fit in well with ECAC Hockey regular season champion Quinnipiac as a junior in his first season with the Bobcats. Skating on the third line with senior Ben Arnt and sophomore Bryce Van Brabant much of the year, Samuels-Thomas was the third-leading scorer for Quinnipiac with a team-best 17 goals and 12 assists and was +11 with 40 penalty minutes. Seven of his 17 goals were scored on the Bobcats’ power play. After an upset loss to Brown in the ECAC semifinals, Quinnipiac defeated Yale in the league’s third-place game and received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The Bobcats swept the two games in the East Regional to reach the Frozen Four and defeated St. Cloud State in the semifinals before falling to Yale, 4-0, in an all-ECAC Hockey Frozen Four Championship game.

 2013-14: Samuels-Thomas skated in 34 games for Quinnipiac in his final season of college hockey. He scored 13 goals with 16 assists and was +15 with 46 penalty minutes. Quinnipiac finished third in ECAC Hockey and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament after losing in double overtime to Colgate in the conference semifinals. Providence topped Quinnipiac, 4-0 in an NCAA East Regional semifinal game. The Buffalo Sabres acquired Samuels-Thomas from Winnipeg in exchange for a conditional 2015 draft pick in July 2014 and signed him to a one-year entry-level contract.

2014-15: Samuels-Thomas skated for Buffalo AHL affiliate Rochester in his first pro season. Skating in a lower line role and battling to stay in the Americans lineup, he provided a physical component and hard play while adapting to pro hockey.

Talent Analysis

Samuels-Thomas is a power forward with size and skill. His biggest asset is his hands and working with the puck in tight situations. He can protect the puck and works hard down low. Samuel-Thomas relishes the physical side of the game and is not averse to dropping the gloves.


Samuels-Thomas skated for Buffalo AHL affiliate Rochester in 2014-15 in his first pro season. Steadily adjusting from college hockey to the pro game, he played mostly a crash-and-bang role for the Americans. Long-term he will likely show some offensive components to his game as he becomes more acclimated to the pro game. His calling card at the NHL level, should he get there, will likely be his hitting and work along the walls. Samuels-Thomas signed an AHL contract with the Ontario Reign, September 2015.

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