The Waterloo Black Hawks have acquired 2016 Columbus Blue Jackets draft pick Peter Thome in a trade with the Chicago Steel which was announced on Tuesday.
The 19-year-old from Minneapolis is committed to the University of North Dakota and brings a formidable junior hockey resume. In 2015/16, Thome appeared in 47 of 60 games for the Aberdeen Wings of the North American Hockey League. He recorded four shutouts and his 92.9% save percentage tied for the league lead. Thome was in the crease for 17 of the Wings’ 22 victories.
During the summer, Columbus drafted the 6-4, 202-pound netminder in the sixth round with the 155th overall pick. Waterloo has never previously had a player drafted by Columbus. This marks the second consecutive season the Hawks have acquired a goalie who has been drafted by an NHL team; last February, Waterloo traded to bring Garrett Metcalf (2015, Anaheim Ducks) from the Madison Capitols.
This season, Thome has split time between the Steel and the Omaha Lancers. Opening the schedule in Omaha, he was in net 14 times and owned a 7-3-1 record. In five subsequent appearances for the Steel, Thome was 3-1-1, shaving his goals-against average down to 2.37 (3.56 in Omaha) and boosting his save percentage to 91.1% (up from 87.2%).
Chicago received non-roster considerations in exchange for Thome.
The Black Hawks return to the ice Friday on the road against the Lincoln Stars.