By Bob Crawford
Although the Connecticut Whale haven’t exactly torn the AHL up in the first month of the season, the club has posted some quality wins, and has given some key development time to several very young, but very important, New York Ranger organizational assets.
In addition to first-round picks Chris Kreider (2009) and J.T. Miller (2011), the Whale are also breaking in 2010 Ranger second-round pick Christian Thomas. Thomas, a 20-year-old native of Toronto, boasts both an outstanding Junior hockey resume, which includes a 54-goal season and 257 career points in 244 games with the Ontario Hockey League’s Oshawa Generals and London Knights, and great hockey bloodlines. Thomas’ dad, Steve Thomas, was a 19-year mainstay in the NHL who scored over 400 goals, and racked up better than 900 points, in 1,235 games with Toronto, Chicago, the Islanders, New Jersey, Anaheim and Detroit.
Despite the tantalizing combination of past accomplishments and genetics, Christian T...