Thorburn signed a two-year contract with the Blues on Saturday, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The Blues make Thorburn's third team in 10 days. The Jets struck a deal with the expansion Golden Knights, ensuring that Vegas would select Thorburn and not unprotected defenseman Toby Enstrom. When Thorburn's three-year contract expired Friday, he became a free agent and the Blues pounced. In Thorburn, they get a slightly cheaper version of Ryan Reaves, who the Blues traded to the Penguins a week ago. Thorburn should fit nicely on the right wing of the fourth line, serving a role as the the team's energy-enforcer.
Thorburn has been selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. In addition to selecting Thorburn, Vegas and Winnipeg are expected to flop picks in Friday's entry draft, although the details of that have yet to be announced. Thorburn is a serviceable role player, but he's limited offensively and brings little to the table other than toughness. The big get here for the Golden Knights will be the improved pick in the forthcoming deal.
Thorburn is back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch in four consecutive outings, but is averaging just 5:55 of ice time per night. Unsurprisingly, Thorburn has not scored since Dec. 11 and has just four total points on the year. A season average of 7:11 per game, the winger has been seeing even fewer opportunities to get on the scoresheet. The 33-year-old is what he is, a gritty veteran that will primarily be on the ice to give his teammates a chance to rest and fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to be anything else.
Thorburn, benefiting from a handful of injuries, has suited up in 10 consecutive matchups for the Jets. Even though Thorburn is in the lineup, he still isn't getting on the ice much as he is averaging a paltry 5:32 of ice time over this stretch in the game-day roster. Unsurprisingly, the winger has managed just one helper, seven PIM, and 13 hits in his limited opportunities. Unless he can start contributing offensively, the 33-year-old will likely head back to the press box once Mathieu Perreault (upper body) and Drew Stafford (lower leg) are healthy enough to play.
Thorburn recorded his third goal of the season against the Oilers on Sunday. Thorburn absolutely rifled the puck past netminder Cam Talbot, but the Jets were unable to maintain the lead, failing 3-2. The 33-year-old Thorburn is certainly capitalizing on his limited opportunities as he has tallied a pair of goals in his last six contests, despite averaging a mere 8:03 of ice time. Unless he can secure more consistent game action, something that is likely a long shot, the winger will continue to offer limited fantasy value.
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