feels that Rangers prospect Christian Thomas (2010 - 2nd) is already polished offensively and that by adding in his ability to kill penalties, he really doesn't have much left to do as far as diversifying his game at the OHL level.
They add that Thomas possesses many of the same qualities as his father, Steve, from his diminutive height and sturdy frame to his ability to outwork opponents and find the back of the net.
Thomas finished this season with 54 goals in 66 games (a .81 goals a game pace). Of his 54 goals, 19 were on the man-advantage and nine were game-winners.
Because Thomas only turns 19 on May 26th, he will have to return to the OHL for one more season if he does not make the Rangers out of training camp.
On the negative side, HF feels he could stand to add a little weight to his 5'9 170 pound frame though....i know it's hard to get excited about how a 5' 9" prospect is playing in the OHL, but if you know how to put the puck in the net, you know how to put the puck in the net. And unfortunately, the Rangers didn't have many guys who could do that this year.
...which is why I feel he's going to give the Rangers organization a lot to think about during training camp. Especailly with his reputation to outwork opponents which Torts will love.
...if nothing else Thomas could make the opening night roster so the Rangers could look at him in the NHL for a few games before they make a decision whether to send him back to the OHL or not.
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