According to the New York Daily News, the New York Rangers have signed 2010 second-round pick Christian Thomas to an entry-level contract.
Thomas, the son of ex-NHLer Steve Thomas, had a stellar year for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. The right wing scored 54 goals and 99 points in just 66 games at the junior level.
As the Rangers’ second-round pick (40th overall) in 2010, Thomas is just what New York needs. Although the organization is full of young, talented prospects, few have the scoring prowess that Thomas possesses. Putting it lightly, the Rangers are starved of pure scoring talent at the top-level.
There’s a good chance that Thomas won’t make the team out of camp (he’ll be 19 next week), but the promise is there for him to make an impact down the road. He joins the likes of Ryan Bourque, Dylan McIlrath (first-round pick in 2010), Carl Hagelin and eventually Chris Kreider (when he leaves B.C.) as the prospect core of this organization.
Like McIlrath, Thomas is still eligible for juniors next season if he play less-than nine NHL games for the Rangers. The best bet for the youngster- if he doesn’t return to juniors- is to spend time with the Connecticut Whale, the Rangers’ AHL-affiliate. At just 5’9, 162-pounds, he needs to bulk up to be ready for NHL competition.