It was never a question that Robert Thomas had talent. I mean, the Blues did take the Ontario native with the 20th overall pick in the 2017 draft.
But Thomas is showing in the 2019 playoffs, and the entire 2019 season for that matter, that he's ready to be a force in this league.
In the 2018-2019 regular season Thomas had nine goals and 22 assists and was one of just seven teenagers to play in at least 70 games.
In the playoffs, he's showing off the speed and play-making ability to the rest of the hockey world maybe didn't get a chance to see from him during the regular season.
Coming into game five Thomas has three points in the 2019 playoffs, and you could argue his line with Patrick Maroon and Tyler Bozak has been the team's best of the postseason.
For the rookie, it's all been a whirlwind.
"It's pretty crazy," Thomas said. "I haven't put too much thought into it and have been focusing on the day-to-day, but when you think about it, yeah, it's pretty crazy. You get to the playoffs and it's just a totally different level. It's a great experience for me and it's just a big jump up."
Even though Thomas is a professional athlete playing on the biggest stage in hockey, it doesn't mean he's immune to still being "the kid" at home.
"They're (his parents) definitely still bossing me around all the time," Thomas laughed. They're definitely involved just in the behind the scenes stuff, but I can tell they're really excited. My friends and family back home have been supporting me a lot and finding time to come down and visit."
In Dallas for games three and four, Thomas really seemed to steal the show. The lightning-quick forward was everywhere on the ice.
"I've been slowly building my confidence every game and slowly taking that next step up, and with this series I've definitely taken another step up and I just have to keep building," Thomas said.