Prospect Profile: Akil Thomas
Birthdate: 2000-01- 02
Birthplace: Brandon, FL, USA
Akil Thomas is a center in his second year playing for the Niagara Ice Dogs in the OHL. He was drafted in the 1st round, 12th overall in the 2016 OHL Selection. He is ranked an “A” player projected to be the 10th North American skater to be picked in this year’s NHL Draft.
Akil Thomas will be one of the deserving OHL players who will hear his name called on draft day. Akil is a player that is reliable in any situation in a game. Thomas succeeds at 5-on- 5, he plays on the penalty kill and center’s their top power play unit. If Niagara is down a goal with under 2 minutes to go, you know that #44 will be out there. One strong feature for Thomas is his vision. His vision and slick hands allow him to make a pass that not many players can make.
There is no doubt about it, Akil has been the real deal in his OHL career. He has had a major
impact in Niagara. He registered his first-career point in his first OHL game, an assist against
North Bay. Four games later, he scored his first-goal in a game against Erie. Thomas is even in
the record books, and is only in his 2 nd season. He scored 48 points last year, which is a team
record for rookie scoring. The previous record was 41 points, held by Marco Insam in 2008-09.
Going into this season there was no doubt that Head Coach Billy Burke and the rest of his staff for going to heavily rely on Akil Thomas. The star forward plays in every situation in Niagara. In 61 games last year he scored 48 points, in the 44 games he has played this year, he has scored 50, averaging 1.13 points per game. With the Dogs sitting in 3 rd place in the Eastern Conference, the addition of Sam Miletic will help Thomas and the rest of the Ice Dogs to have a deep playoff run this season.
Akil Thomas has played a lot of hockey in his OHL career. The 115 (regular season, playoff and pre-season) games he has played in weren’t the only ones in his OHL days. He has dawned the Canadian Crest on his jersey twice, both in his rookie season. Akil played for Canada White in the Under-17 team, where he scored 2 goals and added an assist in 6 games. He also played for Canada’s Under-18 team, where he didn’t register a point in 6 games. It is quite possible that Akil Thomas may get an invitation to Canada’s Summer Camp for their World Junior Team, and if he continues to play well, he could make the 2019 World Junior Team.