ST. LOUIS (AP) — He is the youngest player on either roster in the Western Conference finals, but Blues rookie Robert Thomas is playing well beyond his age.
Thomas, who won’t turn 20 until July 2, showed off the offensive skill and speed against Dallas that led St. Louis to make him the 20th overall pick in the 2017 entry draft.
One goal and four assists might seem modest, but Thomas’ speed and chemistry with linemates Pat Maroon and Tyler Bozak helped the Blues advance to their first conference final since 1996 and just their fourth since 1970. His plus-5 play in the postseason is second-highest on the team.
Thomas assisted on both goals in their 2-1 win over the Stars in Game 7.
“He had a really good game,” Blues coach Craig Berube said. “From the get-go, he had the puck and he was doing some real good stuff with it.”
With his assist on Maroon’s game-winner in double-overtime, the Canadian became just the second rookie in franchise history to figure in a series-clinching overtime goal. Doug Gilmore did it against Detroit in 1984. Thomas also became just the second teen in NHL history to factor into such a goal, joining…