Chicago Blackhawks Greatest 100- #57 Steve Thomas
By Keith Schultz
When looking back at some Chicago Blackhawks greats, they’ve had a couple of chapters with the franchise and Steve Thomas did have two during his long career.
If Steve Thomas played in this era of the NHL, and put up the same numbers as he did when he played, he would be considered one of the better scorers in the NHL right now.
The fact that he scored over 400 goals, played in over 1200 games, and picked up over 900 career points and never made an all-star team just proves to you how many goals were getting scored in the 80’s and early 90’s.
I will be honest, I didn’t like Thomas that much for the simple reason that two of my favorite Blackhawks were sent to the Toronto Maple Leafs to acquire Thomas in Al Secord and Ed Olczyk.
The other problem with Thomas was that he was injured a lot and missed a bunch of games. When he did put a full season together, he filled up the stat sheet like in the 1989-1990 season when he scored 40 goals, but too many seasons when he only played 40 or 35 games to my liking especially when it meant Secord wasn’t in a Blackhawks uniform.
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Thomas was a fun player to watch play because he was smaller and had a great burst, Coach Joel Quenneville would have loved his aggressive forechecking style.
He could put the puck into the back of the net which is why teams traded for him and traded for him again, but he was just on the next level of scorers for the era he played in.
Thomas played 334 games with the Chicago Blackhawks in two different stints and scored 110 goals in the process, but as like many gifted players potential and injuries forced him lower on the all-time rankings then he probably expects.
Thomas was a memorable player, but I only have him 57th on my list.
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