from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
As all the numbers are suddenly piling up, let's not forget what a bargain Tage Thompson looks to be.
Thompson scored 38 goals last season – more than Jack Eichel ever did, just for the record – while playing with a measly cap hit of $1.4 million. He's got six goals and 12 points in nine games this year while on the last year of that contract.
The way the 6-foot-7 tower of power is heating up, that seven-year, $50 million extension Kevyn Adams signed him to on Aug. 30 is going to turn out to be a bargain, too. No. 1 centers in the NHL with 40-goal, 90-point potential generally take up a lot more than $7,142,857 on their team's cap but that's what Thompson is signed at through 2030.
On a Halloween night we won't soon forget, Thompson flat-out spooked the Detroit Red Wings with the signature performance of his career Monday. A hat trick, three assists. Six points. That was one shy of the franchise record of seven set by Gilbert Perreault. Starting in the third period Saturday, he either scored or assisted on eight straight Sabres goals, something only done by a Buffalo player by Pat LaFontaine during his iconic 148-point season in 1992-93.
Below, watch Tage Thompson post game.