MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Tuesday the acquisition of right winger Christian Thomas from the New York Rangers, in return for right winger Danny Kristo.
“Christian Thomas is a gifted goal scorer with lots of speed. 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,” said Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
Thomas, 21, played one game with the Rangers in 2012-13, his first career NHL game, on February 23 against the Canadiens in Montreal. The right winger produced two shots on goal and three hits while playing 12:46. The 5’09’’, 170 lbs. forward added 35 points (19 goals, 16 assists) in 73 games with the AHL’s Connecticut Whale.
Thomas, who hails from Toronto, was the Rangers’ second round selection, 40th overall, at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. A graduate of the OHL’s London Knights and Oshawa Generals, Thomas recorded 257 points (137 goals, 120 assists) in 244 regular-season contests in the juniors from 2008 to 2012.
Selected in the second round, 56th overall by the Canadiens at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Kristo registered 52 points (26 goals, 26 helpers) in 40 games with North Dakota University in 2012-13. He served 24 penalty minutes and maintained a +17 differential.
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