Thompson was reassigned to the Springfield Thunderbirds of the AHL on Tuesday, Steve Goldstein of Fox Sports Florida reports. Thompson has notched three points, all assists, in 21 contests for the Panthers this season. He will remain a recall option for the rest of the season, but won't make any sort of fantasy impact.
Thompson has a pair of assists over his last five games. The pair of apples gives the rookie rearguard three points in 13 contests this season. Thompson has also thrown 27 hits and blocked 11 shots despite receiving very little ice time (8:04 on average) and occasionally serving as a healthy scratch, so perhaps the AHL journeyman is finally finding a way to carve out a career at the NHL level at the age of 28.
Thompson has been recalled from AHL Springfield. It's unclear at this point what prompted the move to bring Thompson up to the big club. He's notched 15 points to go with a plus-3 rating in 20 AHL games this season, but he'll likely start off on Florida's fourth line if he does indeed land in the lineup at all.
Thompson was waived by the team Monday in order to reassign him to the AHL, George Richards of the Miami Herald reports. Thompson logged just three contests for New Jersey last season in which he tallied two PIM, three shots on goal and averaged 12:32 of ice time. The winger has been significantly more productive in the minors where he has racked up 90 points over the previous two campaigns. Unless the Panthers are bit hard by the injury bug, the 27-year-old is likely to spend the bulk of the 2016-17 campaign in the minors.
Thompson and fellow prospect Graham Black were obtained by Florida in a swap for Marc Savard's $4.1 million contract and a 2018 second-round pick Friday. While Thompson's NHL appearances have been infrequent, a mere three contests this year, he has been a productive member of AHL Albany. During the 2015-16 campaign, the 27-year-old racked up 35 points in 56 games. Looking ahead, fantasy owners can expect the winger to spend the bulk of next season in the minors with the Portland Pirates, severely limiting his value.
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