Rangers prospect Christian Thomas
, who was named the Ontario Hockey League Player of the Week on Monday, followed that up with an even bigger honor Tuesday.
For the second time in two seasons, Thomas, a right wing drafted by the Rangers in 2010, was named the Canadian Hockey League's Player of the Week -- making him the week's top player in all of major-junior hockey.
The honor was well-deserved, since Thomas had a natural hat trick and scored nine points in two Oshawa Generals wins. Thomas is now closing in on a spot on this year's Canadian World Junior Championship team and will attend Team Canada's selection camp later this week.
Thomas' remarkable run of two games saw him score three goals and six assists with a plus-minus rating of plus-6. The back-to-back Generals' wins were Thomas' two best offensive games of the season.
On Friday night, Thomas recorded a five-point game as No. 1 star of an 8-4 win over the Sarnia Sting. In that contest he recorded a natural hat-trick in the first period -- scoring all three goals in a span of 3:34. He also picked up two third-period assists in quick succession.
Thomas ended his week with the first four-assist game of his career as second star of a big 9-1 win on Sunday over East Division rivals the Peterborough Petes.
The 19-year-old son of former NHL star Steve Thomas was selected by the Rangers in the second round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He is playing in his fourth OHL season and has 11 goals and 13 assists for 24 points in 20 games to date. Thomas has also been invited to Canada’s National Junior Team Selection Camp, which opens Dec. 10 in Calgary.