Tage Thompson was recalled to the St. Louis Blues on Monday after an impressive stint in the AHL with the San Antonio Rampage.
Thompson, who played two seasons under Mike Cavanaugh at UConn and is the program’s only first round pick, made the big club out of training camp due to multiple injuries to the Blues’ group of forwards.
He only played around 10 minutes per night until the team got healthier, posting a minus-three rating in four games.
Thompson was much better once he was sent down to the Rampage, scoring 16 points (9-7—16) in 24 games with a minus-one rating.
He made his return to the NHL on Wednesday when the Blues took a 2-1 defeat on the road to Calgary. He got 14:20 of ice time, had a minus-one rating and took a minor hooking penalty to go along with three shots, matching his career total.
The following evening, he scored his first NHL goal.
Thompson in the NHL can only serve as a boon for recruiting for the Huskies. There are plenty of former Huskies in the AHL and East Coast Hockey League, but if he can show that he can stick, he has proven that players who come to Storrs can make it on hockey’s biggest stage.