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Thomson focused on defensive development

May 26, 2023

When you meet Lassi Thomson, you immediately notice his smile. This pleasant and humble demeanour tends to disguise the total extent of his potential. 

While Thomson does not engage in self-promotion, a quick glance at his statistics demonstrates his skill set and approach. The smooth-skating rearguard registered 33 points this past season, including seven goals, in 56 games.  

Thomson is in an excellent position to round out his game. Drafting and developing defencemen have become a staple for the Ottawa Senators organization. Recall the selection of Thomas Chabot ahead of their bevy of skilled forwards, which now help make up their high-powered offence. Throughout the course of their rebuild, the franchise also managed to acquire and develop top defensive prospects, like Erik Brannstrom, Jacob Bernard-Docker, Maxence Guenette, Jake Sanderson, and Tyler Kleven. 

No doubt, Thomson will benefit from this tradition of excellence. There is little question that he will continue to have a significant impact at the professional level, especially after he learns consistency in his own zone and greater attention to detail. Thomson himself admits improving his defensive play, and consistency will be the key to progressing to the next level in his career.  

“The biggest thing for me is to stay level-headed and not be so up-and-down, take things game-by-game. I was happy with my offensive contributions, but the points don’t mean that much to me. I want the team to win. I’m disappointed we didn’t make the playoffs this year.” 

Thomson is also excited to continue working on the finer points of his game as he continually works towards his ultimate objective of making the National Hockey League.  

“I’m trying to improve my game every day to make it there and stay there. I got a chance last season and a couple of chances this year. It was an incredible moment to make my NHL debut. I didn’t think about that too much right now. I just want to get better, make it there again, and stay there, but you also need to enjoy those moments you already had.”  

That determination to improve and passion for learning will only help Thomson as he looks to join the ranks of the elite in the organization.  

“I think the biggest part is having fun. The great moments come when you get yourself through something uncomfortable.” 

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