The goal is at 17 seconds
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.
Thomas said that he feels confident that his shot is good enough to use in the AHL, “I feel like I’m getting kind of close now, and I feel, like I said, kind of confidence with my shot, and I’m trying to get some openings now that I can let it go.”
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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:
- Matt Gilroy holds the puck on the farboards, cuts towards the faceoff dot and flips a backhand pass to Chris Kreider on the nearboards, Kreider turns around with the puck and passes it toward the point where Thomas, on one knee, winds up and fires a slap shot past the goalie
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The goal starts at :37 seconds
Thomas shooting a lot more this game.—
Leslie Treff (@HFNYRangers) November 02, 2012
If the video doesn’t start in the correct spot, the Thomas goal starts at 26 seconds.
(Note: The announcer says that it’s Gilroy who scores, but it is indeed Thomas)
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.”
CT's Christian Thomas seems to get a lot of ice time. 92 in green is just buzzing all over the place.—
Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdonPHT) October 24, 2012
So far in Hartford, Thomas has one goal in four games.
Pronman tweeted that he was impressed with Thomas in the Whale win against Albany on Wednesday.
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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.”
A noted goal scorer in junior hockey, Thomas described his game saying he was ready to play “The Right Way,” “I’m a two-way player. I play just as hard in the defensive zone as I do in the offensive zone. They want me to score goals and that is what I like doing the best but it’s important for Torts to play well defensively, block shots and be hard on the forecheck
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