Thomas, 21, is the son of former NHL player Steve Thomas. He was the Rangers' second-round pick (No. 40) in the 2010 NHL Draft after he scored 41 goals in 64 games for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. He had 54 goals then 34 in his final two seasons with the Generals before joining the Rangers' American Hockey League affiliate in Hartford late in 2011-12. Thomas, 5-foot-9, 170 pounds, scored 19 goals and added 16 assists in 73 games with the Connecticut Whale in 2012-13 and was scoreless in his lone appearance with the Rangers, a game against the Canadiens on Feb. 23.