Yesterday the New York Rangers announced that 2010 second-round pick Christian Thomas was one of 46 players invited to the Canadian Junior Team Development camp later this summer in Edmonton. Some had thought that Thomas, who was not invited last summer, had a shot to make the World Junior camp last fall due to his hot start in the OHL, but he was not selected. Following his omission from the WJC team Thomas continued his stellar play and has now earned his shot to make the club.
Chances are Thomas will either be playing for Canada in the WJC this coming December/January or be on Broadway with the Blueshirts. Not bad for a player who slipped to #40 in the draft just one year ago. Regardless of the outcome, being invited to this camp shows that the appreciation for his game is growing around the league and being around the top Canadian Junior players will be a great experience for his game.