Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rangers Sign Christian Thomas To 3-Year Deal

The New York Rangers continue to sign their young prospects to entry-level contracts by adding another to the fold.  According to Nick Kypreos via twitter  the latest prospect to sign with the Rangers is 2010 second round pick Christian Thomas.  I predicted that Thomas would get signed two months ago when I posed whether he could be in the NHL as early as next season.  Thomas was utterly dominant in the OHL this season for the Oshawa Generals where he recorded 54 goals, 45 assists in just 66 regular season games.  If possible he raised his level even more in the playoffs with nine goals and 10 assists in just 10 games.

With the Rangers lack of snipers on the roster do not be at all surprised if Thomas is given every chance to make the club this fall.  The combination of having nothing to prove in Juniors and the Rangers need for offensive weapons gives him a good shot at the team.  If he is not ready, then he will go back to Juniors because he is not eligible to be in the AHL next season.  Given that he is ineligible for the AHL next year, the decision to sign him was a no-brainer for the Rangers as he would not count against the contract count or lose any years on his entry-level deal if he goes back to the OHL.