GM isn't concerned over reports marquee player is staying home

General Manager Bruce Hamilton isn't overly concerned about reports suggesting draft eligible defenceman Lassi Thomson will play pro hockey next season.

A Finnish based scouting service has reported Thomson will play in his hometown, not with the Kelowna Rockets.  

Hamilton says once Thomson is selected in the NHL draft this summer, it should all work itself out.

"Once he is picked, the NHL team will have input on where he goes anyways. I think the NHL team will want to see him play in North America so they see him as much as they want. They can have their developmental people with him and have him playing on a North American ice sheet".      

Hamilton says Thomson only had a one year contract to play in North America, so this is standard procedure for a Finnish player to be returned to the pro team that owns his rights.    

Thomson was the Western Conference nominee for rookie of the year after scoring 17 goals as a defenceman.