HAMILTON, ONTARIO. Hamilton Bulldogs President & General Manager Steve Staios announced today that the team has acquired Robert Thomas from the London Knights in exchange for Connor McMichael, a 2nd round draft pick in 2021, conditional 2nd round draft picks in 2020, 2025 and 2026 and a conditional 3rd round draft pick in 2022.
Thomas is from Aurora, Ontario and was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the first round (20th overall) during the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 6’, 188-pound centre has registered 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) in 27 regular season games this season and currently ranks 2nd in the league in points/game (1.70). Over 133 career OHL games, Thomas has collected 127 points (39 goals, 88 assists).
“We are very excited to welcome Robert Thomas to the Bulldogs family. He has a tremendous track record both in the Ontario Hockey League and at the international level, most recently winning a gold medal with Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships,” said Staios. Thomas recorded six points (one goal, five assists) on route to winning the gold medal.
Connor McMichael was Hamilton’s 1st round pick in the 2017 OHL Priority Selection and has five goals and five assists in 32 games this season. “The Bulldogs would like to thank Connor for everything he has done for the organization. He is a tremendous young man with high character,” said Staios. “He has been a great teammate and has a very bright future. We wish him all the best in London.”
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