Thomas played one game for the Rangers last season, spending most of his time in the AHL’s Connecticut Whale where he had 19 goals and 35 points in 73 games last season.
The five-foot-nine Toronto native was drafted by the Rangers in the second round of the 2010 draft.
“Christian Thomas is a gifted goal scorer with lots of speed," said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin. "He has been very productive offensively at the junior level with 137 goals before adding 19 more as a rookie with Connecticut in the AHL last season. This young 21-year old forward has shown tremendous character.”
Kristo had 26 goals and 52 points in 40 games with North Dakota University in the 2012-13 season.
This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.
— Senators coach Dave Cameron after getting eliminated in the first round by the Canadiens