The New Jersey Devils have announced that 19-year forward Tyce Thomspon will make his NHL debut for New Jersey. From Oyster Bay, New York, Thompson was raised in a hockey household. His father, Brent Thompson, played 121 NHL games as a defenseman. Brent Thompson is also a hockey coach and most notably works with the New York Islanders AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Tage Thompson, Tyce’s brother, is a 6’7″, 219-pound right winger for the Buffalo Sabres. Tage has logged 126 NHL games and scored 25 points. The two brothers will face each other for the first time in the NHL as Tyce will make his debut.
Before the NHL
Before being drafted, Thompson spent 2016-2018 in the United States Hockey League. He played 63 games and collected 12 goals and 20 assists for a total of 32 points. After the USHL, Thompson went to college and played 101 games for Providence College, and collected 38 goals, 56 assists for a total of 94 points. Thompson signed a 2-year entry-level contract with New Jersey on March 24th, after his college team was knocked out of the Hockey East Tournament. Thompson chose to forgo his senior season to play with the Devils.
Welcome To The Devils
Tyce Thompson will lace up his skates for the Devils exactly 654 days after he was drafted. The Devils selected Thompson at 96th overall in the fourth round. Meanwhile, Thompson has been playing hockey at Providence College. The young forward’s position is listed as a center and right-winger. The Devils will most likely use him as a right-winger due to the lack of players at the position. Thompson played in every situation while he was at Providence. The Devils will be able to use him on the powerplay, penalty kill, and various offensive positions.
What To Expect Ahead Of His Debut
Tyce Thompson was drafted as a player who was considered a diamond in the rough. The Devils were happy with the progress and development that they saw in him with his time in Providence. Thompson’s play is aggressive and he is praised for his play along the boards. He will forecheck hard and not give up on any play. Also, Thompson’s stature is listed as 6’1 and 175 pounds. Since he was drafted, he gained approximately 10 pounds but will need to continue to grow to have a physical presence in the NHL. Thompson’s future with the Devils can pan out to be a consistent middle 6 forward, depending on his transition to the NHL. The brightest spot for the young forward is the progression that he has shown in a few short years. The Devils hope that his progression will become even further advanced in the NHL.
Tyce Thompson’s debut for the Devils will be made even more special because it will be against his brother. Head coach Lindy Ruff made sure to let Thompson acclimate by getting a few practices under his belt. The Debut will be an exciting one for Thompson and his family, who will be in attendance. It will also be exciting for Devils fans to see the young players play. Hopefully, tonight marks the start of a long and successful career for the Devils’ 2019 96th overall pick!