The rumors have finally become fact. Earlier today, the Rangers and Christian Thomas made it official, agreeing to a three-year entry level deal. The son of former NHLer Steve Thomas, Christian Thomas was selected by the Blueshirts in the second round (40th overall).
Listed only at 5-9, 164 pounds, the diminutive kid from Toronto who'll turn 19 next week had a great junior season with the Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In 66 games, Thomas scored 54 goals while notching 45 assists for 99 points with a plus-20 rating, 19 power play goals, two shorthanded goals and 38 penalty minutes. The 99 were a 33-point increase from '09-10 when he registered 66 (41-25-66). He also had a big playoffs, tallying nine goals and 10 helpers for 19 points in just 10 games, which included four PPG and a plus-eight rating.
Dad Steve and Christian are the only father/son combo to hit the 50-goal plateau in the OHL. Thomas' 95 goals were tops the past two seasons.