Rangers fans have been eagerly awaiting Christian Thomas' arrival on the pro hockey scene ever since he was selected 40th overall by the Blueshirts in the 2010 NHL Draft. A high-scoring wing, Thomas notched 41 goals his draft year playing for Oshawa, and then followed up with a monster 54-goal, 99-point campaign in 2010-11. Last season he was limited to 55 games, but still managed to score 34 goals and total 67 points for Oshawa.
Upon completion of his 2011-12 junior season, Thomas joined the Rangers AHL affiliate in Connecticut and scored a goal and notched an assist in five regular season games, before being held off without a point in six playoff contests.
Now the 20 year-old Thomas is embarking on his first full season as a pro, and on Tuesday he chatted exclusively with BlueshirtsUnited.com's Jim Cerny about how he prepared for this season, what training camp with the Whale has been like so far, and the opportunity to play with fellow Rangers prospects Chris Kreider, JT Miller, Dylan McIlrath, and Andrew Yogan, among others.