Bill Thomas (RW)
Lake Erie Monsters
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS: 2011-12: Appeared in seven games for the Florida Panthers, scoring one goal…Spent the majority of the season with Florida’s AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, where he led the club in goals (27) and tied for the team lead in points (52)…Also skated in 10 postseason games for San Antonio, recording 10 points (5g/5a)…Led the Rampage in goals and finished second in points during the AHL playoffs. 2010-11: Split the season between the Rochester Americans (AHL) and Florida Panthers…Skated in 24 games for the Panthers, notching seven points (4g/3a)…Finished tied for second on the Americans with 16 goals despite playing only 53 games. 2009-10: Skated in 33 games with Springfield (AHL), collecting 17 points (5g/12a)…Also appeared in six regular season games and two playoff contests with HC Lugano of the National League A in Switzerland. 2008-09: Began the season with the Pittsburgh Penguins, registering three points (2g/1a) in 16 games…Dressed in 39 contests for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL), collecting eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points. 2007-08: Skated in 75 games for San Antonio (AHL) and seven for the Phoenix Coyotes…Paced the Rampage in goals (24) and ranked second in points (52)…Also ranked second on the team in short-handed goals (3), was third in plus/minus (+15) and tied for fourth in assists…Went on to record three points (1g/2a) in seven postseason games for the Rampage. 2006-07: Appeared in 24 games for the Phoenix Coyotes, earning 14 points (8g/6a)…Tied Shane Doan for the team lead with six goals in March, which included his first career multi-goal game on March 1 at Vancouver…Thomas’ 11 points in March finished second to Doan’s 12…Made his AHL debut with the San Antonio Rampage, collecting 33 points (13g/20a) and 20 penalty minutes in 47 games. 2005-06: Was a CCHA First-Team All Star and led Nebraska-Omaha to its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance as a sophomore…Led the Mavericks in goals (27) and finished second in points (50) while appearing in all 41 games…Signed with Phoenix as a free agent following the NCAA season on March 27, 2006…Made his NHL and professional debut with the Coyotes on March 28 vs. Nashville…Picked up his first NHL point with an assist on April 1 at San Jose…Scored his first career NHL goal on April 8 against Dallas…Finished with three points (1g/2a) in nine games with Phoenix. 2004-05: Named CCHA Rookie of the Year after putting up 45 points (19g/26a) in 39 games during his freshman season at Nebraska-Omaha…Was selected to the CCHA Second All-Star Team and CCHA All-Rookie Team. Other: Prior to enrolling at Nebraska-Omaha, Bill spent two seasons with the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL)…Led the Storm in scoring during his two seasons with the club (2002-03, 2003-04).