Read: Christian Thomas Is Learning What He Needs To Do To Stick

ThomasIn 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.

Thomas said that he learned from his dad not to be intimidated on the ice because of his stature, “it’s always nice to get in there and mix things up. I’m not really scared of much on the ice.”

He said that he just needs to keep working hard to show to get another shot at sticking in the NHL for more than just one game.

Leslie Treff writes at Hockey’s Future that Thomas had an up and down first pro season and that he has just as much chance of being a top-six forward as he does a bust. She notes that this coming season will give a big indication on which route Thomas will take.

Read: Christian Thomas Enjoyed His NHL Debut/Knows How A Smaller Player Needs To Work

ThomasAgainst Montreal on Feb 23, Christian Thomas made his NHL debut.

Thomas was called up as an injury replacement and was then sent down when the Rangers activated Darroll Powe off of IR.

He told the Daily News, that the experience of playing in the NHL was “great” and said that he felt more comfortable as the game went on, “by the third period, I felt it was just another game out there.”

In terms of the three hits that Thomas had, he told Ranger Rants that he was just following advice from his dad, “be physical, be hard on the forecheck. Smaller guys have to do that to be successful and I just tried to get it out of the way early.”

Thomas spoke with Bob Crawford of the Whale and said, “I was called up because of the way I was playing here so I was thinking of just playing the same way as I was here and I think I played an alright first game.”

Thomas said that he struggled at the start with the pace and different style of hockey in the AHL but thinks his game has gotten a lot better as he has adapted.


Note: Christian Thomas Is Expected To Debut Tonight

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.

Chris Kreider told the NY Post that Thomas is “very high in skill.”

John Tortorella, via Ranger Rants, said of Thomas “I haven’t spent enough time with Christian to really understand who he is. I know he’s a hard working kid and scored a lot of goals along the way here. He’s played better and better with the minor league team. We just hope if he does play he gives a little bit of spark and then we’ll get to know him.”

Thomas told the Hartford Courant this week that he feels he has really started to adjust to the AHL after 50 or so games and that the jump from the OHL was quite large.