Christian Thomas
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Christian Thomas

Hometown:

Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-05-26

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

5-9

Acquired:

Trade with NY Rangers, 2013

Weight:

170 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2007-08: Christian Thomas was chosen by the London Knights in the first round of the 2008 OHL Priority Selection.  Son of former NHL player, Steve Thomas.

2008-09: Thomas began his OHL rookie season with the London Knights, playing in 32 games for that club.  He scored 4 goals and added 7 assists for 11 points.  He was traded to the Oshawa Generals in the deal that sent John Tavares to London.  In 27 games for the Generals, Thomas scored 4 goals and added 10 assists.

2009-10: Thomas picked up 41 goals and added 25 assists for 66 points in 64 games in his first full season with Oshawa. He was chosen in the second round, 40th overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers.

2010-11: Thomas was the leading scorer for a resurgent Oshawa Generals club that returned the OHL playoffs after a two-year absence. Thomas scored 54 goals with 45 assists and was +20 with 38 PMs in 66 games for the Generals. He scored 19 goals on the power play. In 10 OHL playoff games Thomas scored 4 of his 9 goals on the power play and had 9 assists. He finished +8 in the playoffs with 4 PMs.

2011-12: Thomas made his pro hockey debut, joining Rangers’ AHL affiliate Connecticut after skating for the OHL’s Oshawa Generals. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was minus-one in five regular season games and was plus-two with no points or penalty minutes in six playoff games. Thomas was the Generals leading scorer after a slow start. He struggled with the Rangers’ prospects at the Traverse City Tournament and then receive a 10-game OHL suspension in October. Thomas was a big part of Oshawa’s late playoff push, finishing with 34 goals and 33 assists in 55 games and had an even plus-minus with 12 penalty minutes. In the six-game playoff series with Niagara he scored 2 goals with 2 assists and was minus-three with 4 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Thomas made his first (and only) NHL appearance with the Rangers as a 20-year-old in a February 23rd game at Montreal, seeing 12:46 minutes of ice time with no points or penalty minutes in a 3-0 loss. He scored 19 goals in 73 AHL games for New York affiliate Connecticut, third most on the team, and was +5 with 16 assists and 15 penalty minutes. The Whale missed the AHL playoffs by two points despite finishing second in the Northeast Division. Montreal acquired Thomas from the Rangers in exchange for Danny Kristo in a July, 2013 trade.

2013-14: Thomas appeared in two games with the Canadiens in his first season in the Montreal organization, spending most of the season with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. He had no points nor penalties and was -1, averaging seven minutes of ice time in two games with Montreal. Thomas scored 11 goals with 16 assists and was -5 with 22 penalty minutes in 55 games for Hamilton. The Bulldogs missed the AHL playoffs, finishing fifth in the North Division.

2014-15: Thomas skated in 18 games for the Canadiens in his third pro season — spending most of the year with AHL affiliate Hamilton. He scored 1 goal and was -2 with 7 penalty minutes, averaging nine minutes of ice time with Montreal. Thomas scored 11 goals with 11 assists and was -10 with 18 penalty minutes in 52 games for the Bulldogs. Hamilton finished third in the North Division, six points behind the Chicago Wolves for the final Western Conference playoff spot. Thomas was re-signed to a one-year contract by Montreal as a restricted free agent in July 2015.

Talent Analysis

Thomas is an undersized, high skill forward, with excellent speed and outstanding hands. A consistent scorer at the junior level, he has played in more of a middle line role at the pro level, where his size and lack of bulk is sometimes a disadvantage. His defensive game is sometimes inconsistent.

Future

Thomas had his longest NHL stint to-date in his third pro season, skating in 18 games with Montreal last year. He will challenge for a roster spot with the Canadiens in 2015-16 but is likely to start the year with re-located AHL affiliate St. John's. Signed to a one-year contract over the season, he no longer appears to have the offensive potential envisioned when the Rangers selected him in the second round in 2010 but his hockey awareness suggests some value as a lower line forward in the right situation.

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