Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | January 13, 2012

Man of the Day 1/13: Nate Thompson

Nate Scott Thompson

Born October 5, 1984 (age 27) in Anchorage, Alaska, USA

Center for the Tampa Bay Lightning

It’s about time I talked about an American, huh? Thompson hails from the land of snow and Palins, but there is more to Alaska than just those two things. He started out playing for the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds. In 2003, he was drafted 183rd overall by the Boston Bruins, but then the lockout year came directly after that. He spent that season staying in Seattle and joined the Providence Bruins on their playoff run. Once everything was back to normal, he signed an entry-level contract with the big Bruins and spent time honing his craft in Rhode Island. His Boston debut came in 2006-07 for four games. I guess the Bruins brass weren’t super impressed, though, because he spent all of the following season in Providence.

He was put on waivers in 2008 and claimed by the New York Islanders. It was as an Islander that he scored his first NHL goal against Henrik Lundqvist in November 2008! While he had a decent year on the Island and re-upped for one more year, 2009-10 wasn’t productive (6 points in 39 games) and the Islanders waived him too. Tampa Bay picked him up this time in January 2010. Last season was pretty eventful for him–he played 79 regular season games (10 goals, 15 assists, 29 penalty minutes) and 18 playoff games (1 goal, 3 assists, 4 penalty minutes) as the Lightning went all the way to the Eastern Conference finals against Thompson’s old team.

The original caption of this photo says that a Boston fan is attempting to get Thompson's attention. You don't say.

 So far this season, he’s been in 36 games, scored 4 goals, got 3 assists and had 19 penalty minutes. Right now, Tampa Bay is kind of, uh, far out of the playoff structure (13th in the East) but still the memories of their playoff series with Boston are fresh in my mind–and Thompson was definitely a part of all of that!


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