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In his first season as a pro, Christian Thomas has 19 goals and 16 assists along with 148 shots.

By month, Thomas had:

  • October: 1 goal and 2 assists in 7 games
  • November: 3 goals and 2 assists in 11 games
  • December: 4 goals and 2 assists in 14 games
  • January: 1 goal and 1 assist in 11 games
  • February: 4 goals and 4 assists in 9 games
  • March: 5 goals and 2 assists in 13 games.
  • April: 1 goal and 3 assists in 8 games.
At Blueshirts United, Ken Gernander spoke about how Christian Thomas has progressed this season and has grown as a defensive player, a physical player and someone who can win puck battles.

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http://youtu.be/Jw_j1w7a-dQ&start=69

He had four shots last night and has 17 goals on the season.

Thoma's awesome second goal is below.

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http://youtu.be/9194eT9q6Jc&start=98

http://youtu.be/9194eT9q6Jc&start=220

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Early this morning, the Rangers called up Christian Thomas from the Whale.

Thomas is traveling from Hartford to Montreal and is expected to be in the Rnagers linup

Thomas will wear 58, a number he has worn in Traverse City, according to the Rangers website.

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According to the AHL website, the Rangers have called up Christian Thomas.

THIS SECTION has most of the goals that Thomas has scored this season for the Whale.

Thomas has 13 goals and 11 assists in 52 games for the Whale this season. He has 104 shots on goal and eight points in his last nine games.

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http://youtu.be/AO9fSfeJfc8&start=145

Thomas has four goals in his past five games.

In his past three games, Thomas has 15 shots.

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In the Whale's 4-1 win over St John last night, Christian Thomas had an empty net goal and two assists.

Thomas was a plus three and both of his assists were primary assists.

On the season, Thomas has ten goals and ten assists.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5zjmiPFyy8&t=20s

The goal is at? 17 seconds

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Christian Thomas has 4 goals and 3 assists in 12 games with the Whale so far in his rookie season.

Thomas has 11 shots in five games in November and 3 goals and one assist this month.

He said that his first few games with the Whale were all about adjusting and getting used to playing against bigger and faster players but he told the Whale website that he thinks he is starting to turn a corner towards where he wants to be.

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On Saturday Christian Thomas scored two power play goals in the Whale's 6-2 win over the baby Sharks.

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.
On his second goal:

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After a rough follow up to his 99 point season, Christian Thomas saw his stock drop a little in the eyes of talent evaluators ranking the Rangers top prospects.

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."

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Last night Christian Thomas played for the Whale in their preseason opener and skated with Kyle Jean and Andrew Yogan.

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."

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Steven Stamkos tweeted last night "@cpt27 u better be good tomorrow ... I picked u for a reason. Actually 50 reasons :) #50goalclub"

1:12PM: Christian Thomas was stopped on a shootout attempt and his team lost.

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This summer Christian Thomas joined Steve Stamkos, Jeff Skinner and James Neal and others to train with Gary Roberts in Toronto for his high intensity workout camp.

Dan Rosen, at NHL.com, went to the camp and report on the program that Roberts has these players on.

[sny-box color=E6F1FF]The initial phase stresses general strengthening and corrective exercises designed to fix nagging injuries or imbalances that might have developed during an 82-game NHL season. The second phase is focused on strength and power, and the third phase is structured to provide the speed and endurance necessary to be prepared for training camp. [/sny-box]

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Two seasons ago Christian Thomas lit up the scoreboard in the OHL with 54 goals and 45 assists and last season he was expected to compete for the OHL scoring title.

Instead, Thomas finished the season with 34 goals and 33 assists. Thomas didn't make Team Canada for the World Juniors either.

At OHL Prospects, Brock writes "Obviously, he's incredibly talented, but something was lacking this year. His shot and ability to get himself open are pro ready. He's a tremendous goal scorer, which everyone knows. I think the biggest difference in his game this year was the lack of aggression. While Christian's never been an overtly physical player, he has previously been a very tenacious and hungry player without the puck. That part of his game was lacking a bit this year, as he seemed to coast at times."

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Jeff Beukeboom talked to Blueshirts United and said that one of the players he is most excited to coach is winger Christian Thomas.

He says that Thomas has an advantage in having a father who scored over 400 goals in his NHL career, "As long as he's open minded and listens---which is the type kid he is---he'll be fine. I think with his background, that's a huge plus for him."

He added, "I know he's a good kid and he's willing to work, and learn, and try new things. Any time you have those traits, you're going to be fine. I think he's going to adapt fine, and the size thing won't be such an issue."

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Adam Rotter: The plan seems to be for Thomas to start the season in the AHL, so I think his chances at having a big role with the Rangers this season is slim. Gordie Clark has said that Thomas likely needs a full season in the AHL but he does have one thing going for him, and it's his "wow" shot.

Maybe situationally Thomas can come up and be a power play guy as he gets acclimated to the pro game. John Tortorella has mentioned him which makes me believe that the coach wouldn't mind seeing him win a spot in training camp.

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At Rangers development camp, Christian Thomas told the team's website that he spent this past season in Oshawa trying to become a better all around player. He said that after scoring 54 goals the season before, he wanted to get better in the defensive zone, better on the wall, become a better forechecker and block some shots.

Even as Thomas attempts to round out his game, he knows how he can best help the team, "my number one goal is to help the team out by putting the puck in the net and hopefully that?ll help out in the next level as well."

He said he wants to prove that he can score against top goalies in the league saying, "put a couple pucks by Lundqvist and I think that should prove that I can score."

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At Newsday, Arthur Staple notes that 2010 second round pick Christian Thomas is working out this summer with his dad's former teammate Gary Roberts as part of Roberts' famous summer training program.

On the experience so far, Thomas says, "I'm working out with Steven Stamkos, James Neal, Jeff Skinner. It's an amazing group. They really push you."

Thomas told Ranger Rants, "It?s nice to watch guys like that work out, showing you how hard you have to work. My dad helped me out because he played with Gary. Working out with those guys is incomparable to anywhere else. Gary has a meal service too so I take home meals every day so I can help gain weight. He knows exactly what he?s talking about.?

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Following a season where he had 99 points, including 54 goals, Christian Thomas scored 34 goals and 33 assists last season for Oshawa in the OHL.

Thomas, who is signed to an entry-level contract, is expected to play in Hartford this coming season. He had two points in five regular season games in Hartford and was scoreless in six playoff games.

At Hockey's Future, Leslie Treff lists Thomas as the Rangers boom or bust prospect citing his immense talent, but also his "lackluster" Traverse City Tournament, size and scoring slumps he had this season.

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Over the past two years, the Rangers have added young players such as Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh, Carl Hagelin and Chris Kreider onto their team and put them in big roles that have helped the Rangers win games.

John Tortorella talked before the season about wanting to add more youth to the team and repeated that sentiment yesterday when talking about how the organization needs to continue to grow.

?I?m not calling spots. I?m not going to call positions. But we?re going to give some of the youth an opportunity. This year was delayed with Hags a little bit. I was hoping he was going to push right from there, I looked at Christian Thomas in camp and was hoping he was going to push. It's not going to be given, they are going to have to earn their spot.
Torts added, ?I think it?s a young man?s game. I do. I think we have some guys that we?re certainly going to give an opportunity to as we start next year. They?ll sink or swim themselves.?

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In the 1 vs 8 match up in the Eastern Conference of the OHL Playoffs, the Niagara Ice Dogs have a 2-1 lead in their best of seven series with Christian Thomas and the Oshawa Generals.

In the three games, Thomas has one goal and one assist.

In the 2-7 match up in the Western Conference, JT Miller and the Plymouth Whalers are down 2-0 to the Guelph Storm.

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At Buzzing the Net, Nate lists the Rangers Christian Thomas as an honorable mention in his listing of yesterday's "Three Stars" after Thomas had three points for the Oshawa Generals last night.

Nate says that Thomas made a terrific play to set up a teammate:

On a rush down right wing late in the second period, Thomas flipped the puck over the head of retreating defender Trevor Murphy, darted by him to retrieve it and made a saucer pass to Laughton for the goal. This, from someone who had more goals than assists in each of the previous two seasons.
JT Miller had two goals for Plymouth yesterday and Andrew Yogan had two goals for Peterborough.

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In the second-round of the NHL Entry Draft in June of 2010, the New York Rangers selected Oshawa Generals forward Christian Thomas with the 40th overall pick. Thomas?the son of former NHLer Steve Thomas?entered the draft ranked 69th on the final ISS NHL Draft Rankings among North American Skaters. The Rangers decided to draft the right-winger after he scored 41 goals and 66 points in 64 games with the Generals in his draft campaign (both the goals and points totals were team leading numbers).

Thomas was invited to play for the Rangers in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament just three months later in September, and after participating he was sent back to the Generals in the Ontario Hockey League.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound, forward, wasn?t on all Rangers fans radars when he was initially drafted. But after his 2010-11 season performance, that would quickly change.

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that stinks. Let's just hope he continues to play at a high level the rest of the season.

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Update: 11:44AM: Bob McKenzie tweets that Thomas has a shot at the 13th forward spot.

Update: 9:21AM: James Duthie tweets that Thomas was not one of the seven players cut from camp this morning. Team Canada still has seven more forwards to cut

Original Post:In the National Post, via Buzzing the Net, George Johnson writes about Christian Thomas and what it is like for him to be the son of former NHLer Steve Thomas.

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At TSN, Bob McKenzie listed Christian Thomas as one of the players that needs a big showing tonight to get a shot at making Team Canada at the World Juniors.

He says that the backlog of returning players to Team Canada and players that NHL teams are letting play could box out players like Thomas and OHL leading scoring Tanner Pearson.

Thomas scored the game winner in the scrimmage last night.

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At OHL Prospects, Brock lists Rangers prospect Christian Thomas as someone who has a "good chance" to play for Canada at the World Junior Championships.

On Thomas, Brock says:

He's obviously one of the best pure goal scorers at the camp and could easily slot on one of the team's top lines. But he's also a tenacious forechecker and energy guy who could just as easily slot in on one of the team's checking lines to provide speed and energy. Again, his versatility makes him a very attractive option.
Thomas had a Hat Trick on Friday night.

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via Buzzing The Net

Thomas now has 11 goals and 9 assists in 19 games.

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Hockey Canada has announced the roster for their upcoming evaluation camp for the World Junior championships.

2010 second round pick Christian Thomas has been invited to the camp. Dylan McIlrath was not invited.

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Pictures via the Oshawa Generals

Thomas has seven goals and six assists in 16 games this season. He has two goals and 1 assist since growing the mustache.

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Hockey's Future

Marian Gaborik is signed for two more seasons after this and so is Ryan Callahan. I think there is a good chance both players get brought back and give these guys a chance to develop properly, though I wouldn't rule out JT Miller making the team in a bottom six role, a la Ryan Kesler, and then working his way up the lineup. Not to mention that Miller is listed as a center by Plymouth, but has played wing before.

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Thomas was suspended 10 games for a high sticking incident last month.

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Jess at Prospect Park writes that the OHL has suspended Christian Thomas for 10 games following a high sticking incident.

Thomas has 5 goals and 5 assists this season in 13 games.

this stinks. I hope it doesn't ruin his chances of playing for Team Canada

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Hockey Canada has announced the rosters for the Subway Super Series where Canada will take on Russia.

Christian Thomas will play for Canada in the game taking place on November 10th.

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Through six games in the OHL this season, Christian Thomas has three goals and zero assists. He has nine goals in the first six games last season.

At OHL Prospects, Brock lists the slow start for Thomas as one of the early storylines for the season.

Thomas had two goals on Saturday for Oshawa.

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