Caudron Turns Risk
Into Reward For Thunder

By Lindsay Kramer
NHL.com Correspondent

Stockton Thunder coach Matt Thomas had every reason to take a chance on the signing of right wing J.F. Caudron on Nov. 23. But he wanted Caudron to assume some of that risk as well. So after Thomas sold Thunder management that Caudron would be a good investment, he told his new player that he needed him to come in and come up big.

“It was the only way I could bring him,” Thomas said of convincing his bosses. “If I make the wrong move, I might have the people I work for question my decision-making.”

There’s no second-guessing now. After going without a goal in his first three games, Caudron scored three total against Bakersfield on Dec. 4 and 5, including the winner in overtime both nights. Now that’s what you call instant impact.

“It was a relief to score. The first impression is always very important,” said Caudron, 31. “That’s why they got me here.”

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