Christian Thomas Named OHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that forward Christian Thomas of the Oshawa Generals is the OHL Player of the Week after scoring three goals and six assists for nine points in just two games with a plus-minus rating of plus-6.

Thomas had his two best offensive games of the season this past week beginning on Friday night recording a five-point game as first star of an 8-4 win over the Sarnia Sting.  In that contest he recorded a natural hat-trick in the first period scoring all three goals in a span of three minutes and 34 seconds.  He also picked up two third period assists in quick succession on goals by Andy Andreoff and Nicklas Jensen scored just 43 seconds apart.  Thomas ended his week with the first four-assist game of his career as second star of a big 9-1 win on Sunday over East Division rivals the Peterborough Petes.

Thomas, a 19-year-old from Toronto, ON, is playing in his fourth OHL season.  The New York Rangers prospect was selected 40th overall in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and has 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in 20 games so far this season.  Thomas has also been invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp which opens December 10 in Calgary, AB.

Also considered for the award this week was Charles Sarault of the Sarnia Sting and Daniil Zharkov of the Belleville Bulls.  Sarault scored three goals and five assists for eight points in three games, while Zharkov scored six goals in three games.  In goal, Joel Vienneau of the Sudbury Wolves went 2-0-0-0 with a shutout victory and a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .983.

2011-12 OHL Players of the Week:

Nov. 28 – Dec. 4: Christian Thomas, Oshawa Generals

Nov. 21 – Nov. 27: Brendan Gaunce, Belleville Bulls

Nov. 14 – Nov. 20: Tanner Pearson, Barrie Colts

Nov. 7 – Nov. 13: Ryan Spooner, Kingston Frontenacs

Oct. 31 – Nov. 6: Matt Puempel, Peterborough Petes

Oct. 24 – Oct. 30: Shane Prince, Ottawa 67’s

Oct. 17 – Oct. 23: Brandon Saad, Saginaw Spirit

Oct. 10 – Oct. 16: Nail Yakupov, Sarnia Sting

Oct. 3 – Oct. 9: Greg McKegg, Erie Otters

Sept. 26 – Oct. 2: Seth Griffith, London Knights

Sept. 21 – Sept. 25: Tanner Pearson, Barrie Colts