Rangers Sign Christian Thomas

May 18, 2011, by

Nick Kypreos is reporting that the Rangers have signed 2010 second round pick Christian Thomas to an entry level deal.  This shouldn’t surprise anyone that he has signed, as he absolutely dominated the OHL this year.  Thomas finished the regular season with a whopping 54 goals, 45 points, and 99 points in 66 games during the regular season.  In the playoffs, Thomas upped his effort, with nine goals and 10 assists in 19 games, averaging almost two points per game.

Thomas is currently the #3 prospect in the Rangers system, behind Chris Kreider and Ryan McDonagh.  The signing of Thomas is great news for the Rangers, as I believe this kid has a great chance to make the team out of the OHL this year.  The general rule of thumb is to allow prospects to dominate their current level prior to signing/promoting them.  Unlike Michael Del Zotto and Evgeny Grachev, Thomas dominated the OHL in both the regular season and the playoffs.  Expect him to get a long, long look this summer.

Categories : Prospects, Signings


  1. Matt J says:

    You must live under a rock if you didn’t see this coming.

  2. jerry says:

    dave great signing but i wont get to crazy on this kid yet.we all know how are team is,these kids are scoring machines until they hit the big club.(aka pavel brendl)does anybody remember that name.

    • Dave says:

      You can’t put Brendl and Thomas in the same category. It’s a different game now, and that was 10 years ago.

      • jerry says:

        just based on our luck with past picks.just an example.even though recently weve been better.just an example of a kid that put up huge numbers.73 goals and 134 points in the whl.

  3. Section 121 says:

    For a D-man, I thought Del Zotto was pretty dominant in the OHL before coming to the NHL;

    Last OHL season
    13-50-63 in 62 regular season games
    3-16-19 in 14 playoff games

    More than a point per game…

    Thomas sounds pretty impressive. Let’s hope he can maintain his speed and his size doesn’t become an issue at the next level.

  4. Section 121 says:

    Also, Grachev put up impressive numbers in his last OHL season as well;

    40-40-80 in 60 games
    11-14-25 in 19 playoff games