Christian Thomas AHL
On his first goal:
- Kris Newbury held the puck up along the side boards, moves down to the top of the circle and backhand flips the puck to Chad Kolarik is who between the circles, Kolarik fans on his shot but it heads towards the net, goes of the Sharks defender in front and ricochets directly to Thomas who one-times it at the bottom of the circle.
Corey Pronman of Puck Prospectus ranked him 11th on his list of Rangers prospects and wrote that he is a great skater who works hard and has a great shot, but is brought down by his size.
Leslie Treff ranked him sixth and wrote "A goal scorer, as well as good distributor of the puck, Thomas will need to improve his strength on the puck to take his junior successes to the next level this season."
The team's website said those three players were buzzing around the offensive zone and that Thomas had a productive game even though he didn't end up on the score sheet, "Thomas, in particular, impressed with his quick release, and quantity of scoring chances, including a tracer off the post in the opening period of a still 0-0 game."
Earlier this week, Thomas told the Rangers website that he enjoyed his work and preparation for the season, saying "each summer keeps getting harder. This summer I trained with Gary Roberts and my group had Stamkos and James Neal and I tried to learn from them."