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Thomas named captain of OHL's Knights

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

The London Knights have named Blues 2017 first-round pick Robert Thomas as the team's captain for the 2017-18 season.

"We are very proud of what Robert has been able to do during his career with the London Knights," said Knights' General Manager Rob Simpson. "He exemplifies everything it means to be a London Knight; dedication, hard work and excellence. Robert has been a great leader on and off the ice, and we look forward to him excelling in this role."

The 6-foot, 188-pound forward leads the Knights with 20 points, including 11 goals, through 13 games thus far this season. The Aurora, Ontario native is in his third season with London. He posted 15 points in 40 games and 66 points in 60 games in his first and second seasons, respectively.

Thomas, 18, was an attendee at Blues training camp this season and was one of the final cuts made before the team established its opening night roster. 

"He's got great detail in his game," Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said of Thomas during training camp. "He's going to be a coach's dream, because he has a very well-balanced game and sees the game from a defending viewpoint also. But he's really starting to show his offensive capabilities. We see a lot of room for growth in Robert, but he has things you can't teach, which is the hockey sense."

In addition, Blues prospects Jordan Kyrou (Sarnia Sting) and Tanner Kaspick (Brandon Wheat Kings) are also serving as captains for their respective teams.

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