Mike Thomas made his American Hockey League regular season debut on Friday night.
The former Saint John Sea Dogs captain recorded one shot and had an even rating as his Springfield Falcons fell 5-2 to the Manchester Monarchs in New Hampshire.
According to an article on MassLive.com Thursday, Thomas was expected to skate on the fourth line with Aaron Bogosian and Ryan Garlock.
In The Hockey News’ AHL season preview, writer Kevin Oklobzija predicts the Falcons, the top affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, to finish fourth in the Eastern Conference behind Hershey, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Portland.
Thomas captained the Sea Dogs for 138 games over the past two seasons. In five campaigns with Saint John he recorded 37 goals and 46 assists in 288 regular season games. He had another nine goals and 11 helpers in 55 playoff contests.
In other AHL action Friday night, former Sea Dogs forward Mike Hoffman had an assist and was a -3 in the Binghamton Senators 3-2 loss to the Hershey Bears.