The Good: Thiessen is an athletic goaltender with a good five-hole, vision and solid lateral movement. He has quick feet, and has shown a willingness to challenge shooters. He is very sound technically and boasts a very calm demeanor. Thiessen has proven capable of dominating lower levels, such as college, AHL and ECHL. To prove this fact, he boasted a 35-8-1 record with WB/Scranton of the AHL in 2010-2011. His play makes Brent Johnson expendable, and he could land a backup gig to M-A Fleury in the near future.
The Bad: As with most goaltending prospects, Thiessen needs to continue to work on his mechanics and positioning. He could also upgrade his puck-moving abilities although they are fairly good. Doesn’t have ideal size for the goaltending position, so he can be beaten upstairs. Stamina can also be an issue. Scouts think that he will likely never be an NHL starting goalie.
- Hockey East All-Rookie Team
- NCAA All-American First Team
- Hobey Baker Award Finalist
- Hockey East Player of the Year
- Hockey East First Team All-Star
AHL First All-Star Team