It’s now official: Rangers sign Christian Thomas

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Remember, Stumpy’s kid can’t play in the AHL next year. So either he makes the team (unlikely) or he goes back to junior hockey.

From the Rangers:

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD CHRISTIAN THOMAS

New York, May 19, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Christian Thomas.

Thomas, 18, ranks first in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with 95 goals over the last two seasons, and eighth in scoring with 165 points over the span.  He captured “Most Dangerous in Goal Area” and “Best Shot” honors in the 2010-11 Eastern Conference Coaches Poll and was voted runner-up in “Hardest Shot” after finishing second among all Canadian Hockey League (CHL) skaters with a career-high, 54 goals.  He and his father, former NHL forward Steve Thomas, became the only father-son duo to record 50+ goals in an OHL campaign.

Thomas skated in 66 games with the Oshawa Generals (OHL) this season, registering 54 goals and 45 assists for 99 points, along with 38 penalty minutes and a plus-20 rating.  He established career-highs in points, goals, assists, power play goals (19), game-winning goals (nine), penalty minutes, and plus/minus rating.  Thomas ranked second in the OHL in goals and sixth in points, and tied for first in the league in power play goals and third in game-winning goals.  He led Oshawa in goals, assists, points, power play goals, and game-winning goals, tied for second in shorthanded goals (two), and ranked third in plus/minus rating.  Thomas posted a career-high, 28 multi-point performances, including four hat tricks.  He tallied a career-high, four goals on February 11 at Sudbury, to begin a career best, eight-game scoring streak (10 goals, four assists over the span) and season-high, five-game goal streak (eight goals).

In the 2011 OHL Playoffs, Thomas led the league in postseason scoring with 19 points and nine goals at the time of Oshawa’s elimination in the second round, having recorded at least one point in nine of 10 contests and six multi-point performances.  He finished tied for seventh in the league in points, ninth in goals, 14th in assists (10), sixth in power play goals (four), and 17th with a plus-eight rating despite only skating in 10 playoff contests.  Thomas led the Generals in playoff goals, points, power play goals, and plus/minus rating, and ranked second on the team in assists.  He tallied three assists while making his OHL playoff debut on March 24 vs. Kingston, and followed that up with a four-point effort (two goals, two assists) on March 25 at Kingston.

The 5-9, 170-pounder has skated in 189 career OHL contests with the London Knights and Oshawa Generals, registering 103 goals and 87 assists for 190 points, along with 79 penalty minutes.  In 2009-10, Thomas led Oshawa in goals (41), points (66), power play goals (16), and shorthanded goals (four), and ranked among the league leaders in several goal-scoring categories, including seventh in goals, and tying for second in shorthanded goals and sixth in power play goals.  His 41 goals were the third-most among all players drafted in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, behind seventh overall pick Jeff Skinner (Carolina) and second overall pick Tyler Seguin (Boston).  His four shorthanded goals also established a new Oshawa franchise record.  Originally selected 13th overall by London in the 2008 OHL Priority Selection, Thomas was a part of the blockbuster OHL trade on January 8, 2009, that sent him along with Scott Valentine (Anaheim), Michael Zador (Tampa Bay) and six draft picks to Oshawa, in exchange for Michael Del Zotto, John Tavares and Daryl Borden.  Thomas made his OHL debut with London on September 17, 2008 at Saginaw, and registered his first career point with a goal on September 20, 2008 at Sarnia.

The Toronto, Ontario native was originally the Rangers second round choice, 40th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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  1. So he is 5′-9″ tall, 170 lbs at 18 years old.

    Does anyone expect him to grow any taller?

  2. so ORR!!
    what do you think the chances
    are we’ll trade him for a
    Euro-pansy
    in a couple of years?

  3. JimboWoodside on

    He won’t get taller – but he might put on more muscle with maturity. I hope he gets a good look in training camp.

  4. sorry CCCP
    i’ve been back and forth on the board
    a bit lacking due to work
    and searching for a new camera
    and possible lens (or lenses)

    can’t remember what i was referring to as far as good or bad?
    maybe it was in reference to the idea of Shpongle playing festivals
    i don’t know.
    oh well……let’s pretend it was good and move on…

  5. In general, boys stop growing after 18. But it’s not uncommon for some to continue growing until 21. The only way to say for sure is to do the X-rays of his bones and see if his growth plates are still open. Best case scenario- he’ll grow a half to an inch taller, so don’t expect a 6 footer here. But like Carp said, his father wasn’t a giant either. And if his son achieves 1/2 of what his father has, it’s a home run.

  6. I always forget about the father-son duo of Thomas Steen-Alex Steen. Thomas Steen was a real good player, and his son’s no slouch either. His father is a councilman in Winnipeg; I’m sure he’d love to have a team back there.

  7. Olga Folkyerself on

    Let’s see if Thomas can let less than five bullets pass him tonight.

  8. JimboWoodside on

    That Canuck fan is a hell of a lot better looking than those carcillo-hole Green Men! Brava, honey!

  9. Olga Folkyerself on

    Shakeweights build more muscle in 6 minutes than the standard dumbell.

    The standard dumbell is anyone stupid enough to buy a shakeweight…

  10. Tortorella mentioned that St. Louis is listed at 5-9 and his quote was “he’s full of carcillo … and you can tell him I said that.”

  11. Olga Folkyerself on

    See the chick in blue behind Uncle Fester? Must be cold at ice level…

  12. Olga Folkyerself on

    So, do they come back again as the Jets, or will they pick a lame nickname like Minnesota with the Wild?

  13. ORR!!

    i imagine (and hope) you caught my sarcasm in regards
    to not only trading Thomas but doing it for Euro-pansy
    which brings up…..

    one of the reasons i’m for the canucks winning the Cup
    is due to those Euro-pany sedin twins being such a prominent piece of the puzzle.
    a reason i’m cheering for sharks is that Canadian media has been
    obnoxious in regards to supporting and not just reporting on the canucks.
    (there was something i read in regards to cbc broadcast referring to team as “we”)

  14. Tony

    i think i have it all figured out — camera-wise
    and lens-wise.

    i’ll shoot off an email to you.

  15. tampa just looks out of sync
    tonight.
    i haven’t had the chance to watch a lot of
    their playoff games but
    from what i’ve seen tonight
    they just seem a little off.

    could change with this power play

  16. btw CCCP

    should i have asked this earlier to you
    (or any other Boneheads)

    are you doing any music festivals this summer?
    at the moment
    i’ve got Bonnaroo and All Good on my agenda.
    we’ll see if it grows from there.

  17. Don’t know how genuine this is, but…

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/atlanta-thrashers-moving-to-winnipeg/article2029179/
    “An agreement to sell the National Hockey League’s Atlanta Thrashers to a Winnipeg group which plans to relocate the franchise to the Manitoba capital is done.

    Sources confirmed tonight that preparations are being made for an announcement Tuesday, confirming the sale and transfer of the Thrashers to True North Sports and Entertainment, which owns and operates the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League and the MTS Centre arena, which would become the NHL team’s new home.
    More related to this story

    Gary Bettman, the commissioner of the National Hockey League, is expected to travel to Winnipeg to make the news official. “

  18. Olga Folkyerself on

    “Gary Bettman, the commissioner of the National Hockey League, is expected to travel to Winnipeg to make the news official. ”

    And if he sees his shadow, Winnipeg will have six more weeks of winter.

  19. JimboWoodside on

    “one of the reasons i’m for the canucks winning the Cup
    is due to those Euro-pany sedin twins being such a prominent piece of the puzzle. ”

    *FOR* them winning the Cup? Is that a typo?

  20. JimboWoodside on

    “preparations are being made for an announcement Tuesday”

    Why wait until Tuesday? If it’s a deal, it’s a deal!

  21. JimboWoodside on

    That was a dull game…what happened to TB’s offense?

    Boucher was complaining about the last game in Boston being “pond hockey” – so WTH was this tonight!?

  22. well, since we were eliminated
    and then
    the pens and flyers were knocked out
    i don’t REALLY have a favorite.

    like i said, some of the pro-canucks stuff in the canadian media is
    getting on my nerves
    but i’m not as worked up over games
    as i have been.

  23. Olga Folkyerself on

    Boy, I tell ya, I’m gonna have to wait for Tiki to post. For the life of me, I didn’t see how Boston cheated.

  24. Olga Folkyerself on

    FIRE SATHER!!!

    Do you realize that If you took all the playoff wins of all of Sather’s Ranger Teams after 12 years, they still do not have enough to win even ONE Cup.

  25. JimboWoodside on

    I feel almost the same as you, Orr – except that I have an “anybody but the Canucks” attitude towards who the eventual cup winners are.

  26. JimboWoodside on

    Those were two pretty long-shot predictions, Orr – especially the Kings pick!

  27. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    Good for Winnipeg – really happy for them. Of course this makes Atlanta just a two-time NHL loser (looser? jajaja) so they will surely get a replacement franchise, soon as their P.R. guy announces their plans to sue the league. And of course, in the spirit of the times we live in, no franchise can be hatched without being given a “Manitoba Jet” type name. “Winnipeg Jets” or whatever, it’s so passe. After all, those in the province of Manitoba living outside Winnipeg will never attend a game if they feel excluded by the team having a city, not a province name, as we learned from the marketing geniuses in Colorado, Florida, Arizona, etc. Discrimination – it’s so unfair it should be illegal. Why can’t the Rangers just become the New York State Ranger and get it over with?

  28. Boom Boom Bathgate on

    By the way, expanding into Atlanta (again) was BETTMAN’s brainchild and project. Bet he forgets, somehow, to remind everyone of that, in his giddyness over Winnipeg picking up Atlanta’s garbage.

  29. Olga Folkyerself on

    So you’re waiting til the last minute? There’s going to be a LINE dude…

  30. Heres how to fix the Rangers. Trade DelZotto and Grachev for a young proven puck moving defenseman. A Brian Leetch -light persay. Get Brad Richards. Keep Wolski and have him play with Richards and Gaborik. Get rid of Avery , Christiansen, Drury and get rid of Matt and keep Eminger and bring up Mcelrath.

  31. Gilroy is not the answer. Christiansen is talented but inconsistent. Grachev is a poor mans Frolov. Enough said. DelZotto is not going to get better. Avery is good but worn out his welcome. The Rangers need a defenseman that can carry the puck. Stop this dump and chase crap. Richards is going to make everyone better and give them a top 4 power play.

  32. At least that rapture thing is free! If Dolan was organizing it he would charge all of us an arm and a leg AND both shoes!

  33. Matrix is on AMC…haven’t seen that movie in a long time and forgot how good that movie really is!

  34. Boom Boom

    You have lurched unerringly into a dynamic that has bugged me for years. Can an entire State take over a pro team? Is Minnesota really the home of the ( ugh) Wild? Do the panthers really have followers thruout Florida? Not with the Bolts out west, and the great sports fans in southern Florida (all 46 of them)who really follow the Marlins faithfully. Actually it is my opinion that Jacksonville might be a better location than ( the Miami area ( not Miami of course, but just a little bit further away if you please.) But then with that great Naval base there (full of swabbies who are not sports fans you know), and then again it just might encroach on Atlanta territory…and we can’t have that now, can we? And it is just possible that Jax might be solidly round ball territory. I’ve seen panoramic shots of the ball park of the Marlins that the cameraman inadvertantly shows during their games and it reminded me of the old Bob Murphy stadium years ago in San Diego.acres of empty seats. And the Marlins put out a very good baseball product and have the medals to prove it.

    Hocky big shots….eeeeuw.

  35. CCCP and Ilb..quick question. Have either of you ever heard of a Boodgie? If so, describe it for me….I met people the other day who introduced me to the term…yeahhhh middleeastern Europe.

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