It's not really my opinion... Thome wasn't even the starter at North Dakota last season. I don't think he's high on the CBJ org chart. (Note: Not endorsing VV, just saying they already have an AHL set up)
I don't believe Thome is even being considered as an option for the Monsters in the near term. He'd be their 4th pick behind VV, Kivy, and Tarasov
I hear you, but I'm not sure this reputation exists today? What young Russian player in the NHL fits this profile?