Prospect Watch: Thomas Returns

November 16, 2011, by

This week saw the return to game action of Christian Thomas, who has been sitting out thanks to the ten game suspension the OHL threw his way. His return was in the Subway Super Series against the Russian national team, as Thomas represented the OHL (Team Russia plays against each CHL league).

Thomas did not disappoint, grabbing an assist on the game winner and adding a goal near the end as the OHL team beat the Russians 6-3  in Sault Ste. Marie after racing to a 6-0 lead. While it was a good return to action for Thomas it’s hard to gauge the level of opponents as the Russian team is never the strongest available.  In this instance it didn’t feature some of the quality prospects expected to be lottery picks, or first rounder’s in 2012. Regardless, Thomas will be happy with his return to the ice and will look to kick off from here and be a difference maker once more for Oshawa.

Dylan McIlrath may have missed a few games earlier this season but is putting together a pretty solid season for Moose Jaw in the WHL. Despite being pointless and on the losing side on Saturday (MJ lost 3-2 to Swift Current), McIlrath got in to a fight and played his typical brand of physical hockey. With 5 points (2 goals) in 11 games so far this year McIlrath is already only 3 goals off his total from last year.

Quick Hits:

  • Chris Kreider and Boston College got whipped, losing 5-0 to Boston University on Sunday. It’s never good to lose to your neighbours. BC was inept on the powerplay, going 0-8 while Kreider finished the game -1 with just one shot to his name. BC will look to move on immediately next week when they travel for a non conference tilt with Notre Dame.
  • JT Miller continues to be both productive and consistent. The first round pick grabbed 6 points and went +5 in 3 games last week for his surging Plymouth side. Miller now has 25 points in 21 games for the season – an impressive introduction to major junior.
  • Scott Stajcer may not be winning games but his play is getting better. The goalie is 2-3-2 in 7 games but sits at .922 % and a 2.54GAA. Considering how inflated those numbers were just a few short weeks ago Stajcer is doing all he can to stay relevant in a tricky situation in Owen Sound.
  • Shane McColgan may have 20 points in 19 games for Kelowna in the WHL but -9 is never a good thing to have on your record.
  • Jesper Fasth has slowed down from his great start to the year as he has 14 points in 18 games with HV71 of the SEL. Fasth is scoreless in multiples games however it has still been a very encouraging season for the young winger already.
  • Andrew Yogan and the Peterborough Petes sit second in the East Division of the OHL and Yogan – and Peter Čerešňák – have played their part. Čerešňák has a solid 7 points in 19 games from the blueline while Yogan has 14 in 18 up front. Perhaps more should be expected from Yogan, an over-ager but there is still a long way to go in the season for Yogan to make his case for the pro-ranks next season.


  1. Dave says:

    Kreider is absolutely dominating at the NCAA level this year. He will be with the Rangers/Whale next year.

    • Matt J says:

      Please don’t say Whale. We need the kid badly.

      • Dave says:

        I wouldn’t exactly say that we need him “badly”, but he would be a great addition.

        There is absolutely no need to rush this kid.

  2. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Krieder, Miller, Thomas, McIlrath, Erixon, Bourque and Hegelin are the next group of kids that will join our core. Fogerty, Yogan, Noreau, the Dman we will select in this years draft, McColgan, St Croix, Partlett and Wilson gives us more depth and I will play my Tyler Biggs card once again and hope we make a trade for him giving us years of much deserved reward for “staying with it” as fans. We have a bright future and a high probability of multiple Stanley Cups to savor. Finally it is becoming our turn to rejoice in the glory of a much deserved Stanley Cups to come.

    Of all the prospects we have I believe that Erixon, Krieder and Bourque will be the next wave to join our group. I forsee Bourque taking over Fedetenko,s spot, Krieder will replace Christensen and Thomas will take over Wolski’s spot. That will give Trots more weapons to utilize within the line up and allow for some trades to be made either prior to or at the dead line to secure draft picks or move up in the draft for a better position to select a high caliber defenseman. Within the organization we still have Zuccarello and Valetenko as chips in a deal for a nice prospect in a say (yup) Biggs which will require a nice return from us but worth the move. What we should not do is fall into a frenzy and trade for players that will require a substantial return in the form of a Weber or Spezza type player. Let us also stay put at free agency and sign our own players and trade the assets who no longer fit the needs of our team. Even in the tough guy department we are sitting pretty in the form of Rupp and Deveaux. We should not let a Dale Weise type player fall through the cracks and lose that type of an asset for nothing. Dale Weise had a future as a Ranger but could not crack the line up due to short comings in capable veterans. That should not be a problem anymore as silently players like Anisimov, Stepan, Sauer and Del Zotto are growing into one.

  3. Tyler says:

    Haggelin is my bet to make the team next year as since he has a year of AHL under his belt and seems to be doing well(Stats anyone?) I also feel that Borque would be a great fourth line player if the organization sees him there for the future(i don’t seem him any higher with Thomas, Hag, Miller, and kreider coming up). No need to rush any of them. I think we should infuse youth into our lineup slowly, not have half of our team be rookies. I honestly don’t know what to expect from MZA anymore, will he earn a spot on this team or be traded? I’d love to hear opinions. I don’t see him having a long future with the rangers because of other prospects, but i feel he will be another P.A case. Leave new york and score 50 points.

    Next year Lines

    AA Step-Gabs
    Dubi BR Cally
    Hag Boyle Feds?MZA?
    Borque Rupp Prust

    Final thoughts:
    – Any chance we bring back Feds? Only free agent i wouldn’t mind bringing back.

    -If Avery keeps this up, resign him?

    -I think Thomas, Miller, and even kreider will get a full year in AHL next year to develop. Unless we have another Stepan case.

    -Disappointed with MZA. Thought he would have been better when I saw some of his highlights from SEL.

    -Did Rangers make a mistake with Rupp?

    • Agentsmith says:

      mza is a gonner. he will be traded this yr by the deadline, i doubt feds wolski avery are around. so should be good opportunities for young guys nxt yr.