One of the St. Louis Blues' best prospects is sticking with the team for the time being.
Robert Thomas will not be loaned to the Canadian national team for the upcoming World Junior Championship, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong confirmed to TSN's Pierre LeBrun on Saturday.
Thomas has nine points through 25 games in his rookie season. He's been playing on the club's third line alongside Pat Maroon and Tyler Bozak.
The 19-year-old center won gold with Team Canada at the previous world junior tournament in Buffalo, notching six points in seven contests.
He was selected 20th overall by the Blues in the 2017 draft.