Rory Boylen at The Hockey News has a great feature on Rangers 2010 2nd round pick Christian Thomas who the Blueshirts hope follows in the foot steps of other second round picks such as Artem Anisimov, Derek Stepan, Brandon Dubinsky and Mike Sauer.
The 5′,9″ Thomas had 41g and 66 points in 64 games last year with the Oshawa Generals.
“His strong season also caught the attention of the New York Rangers, who drafted Thomas 40th overall. While some teams shied away from Thomas’ small stature, pushing him to the second round, the Rangers keyed in on his skills and intangibles.”
Rangers Director of Personnel Management compared the Rangers drafting the smaller Thomas to when they picked Ryan Callahan…
“We’ve gone through it with (Ryan) Callahan and there were a lot of question marks then around the league, but over the last couple of years it’s been, ‘Wow, look what this kid’s done,’” said Rangers director, player personnel, Gordie Clark. “Callahan doesn’t think he’s 5-foot-11, he thinks he’s 6-foot-3.”
Thomas is the son of former NHLer Steve Thomas.
…if he can come close to the success of the Rangers other second round picks mentioned above the Blueshirts will have a steal.