Statistics: 42 GP, 11-19—29
Scouting: 11th among North American skaters
The Hockey News: 15th
A 17-year-old freshman, Thelen arrived in East Lansing and
made an immediate impact, especially offensively. He finished
sixth nationally among defensemen in scoring.
Take: “He’s interesting because he’s
really a true freshman. There aren’t a lot of kids who
come in and play as much as he did at the college level at
age 17. He really played a lot, and did well. He’s a
big guy, with strength and a good shot.
a talented guy who has a lot of upside and things that he's
capable of. He's got an offensive flair to his game to go
with real good size.
has to get stronger and the defensive side of his game can
continue to improve, but the things he can do are tough to
teach. Those things he can learn.”
Projection: Either Thelen, Al Montoya or Drew Stafford
will be the first collegian taken in Raleigh, and the scarcity
of offensive defensemen will help Thelen's chances. Regardless
of where he goes in relation to the other two, he'll be a