Thomas Harley made his season debut with the Mississauga Steelheads in Friday’s 6-5 loss to the Oshawa Generals on home ice. The third-year blueliner picked up a pair of power play assists in the game.
The 18-year-old Harley impressed the Dallas Stars throughout Training Camp and into the pre-season, setting up a goal in a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild in Dallas on Thursday. The club’s first round (18th overall) pick in the 2019 NHL Draft got into five pre-season games and was paired up with highly touted rearguard Miro Heiskanen on Thursday.
“The future is bright on the back end,” said Stars head coach Jim Montgomery following Thursday’s game. “They’re smart, talented and are good hockey players.
“I think if you look at the new-age defensemen, I think Miro Heiskanen is that new-age defensemen,” he added, “and it looks like Thomas Harley has a chance to be that as well.”
The 6-foot-3, 183Ib native of Syracuse, NY recorded 58 points (11-47–58) over 68 games with the Trout last season. He was also the OHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year, receiving the Bobby Smith Trophy.