Found April 04, 2012 on The Rangers Tribune:
The Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League announced today that they have signed prospects Christian Thomas and Shane McColgan to amateur tryout contracts. For both Thomas and McColgan, they have completed their four-year eligibility stint with their respective Junior teams, which were eliminated from the playoffs this past week.  Thomas, at only 5-foot-9, recorded 33 goals and 34 assists with the Oshawa Generals this season. I noted his size because it's obviously a concern right off the bat, but rest assure that Christian doesn't allow that to slow him down - literally and figuratively. Much like Mats Zuccarello, Thomas makes up for his lack of size with quick feet and hands. I saw a lot of him during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament back in September, and he was certainly someone who stood out, at least in my eyes. He was a wicked wrist shot that is deadly from in close as well.  As for McColgan, he had 18 goals and 46 assists for the Kelowna Rockets this year. McColgan also has an impressive set of hands on him, but his go-to trait has to be his grit and hard-nosed style of play. I still think he has a ways to go before being ready for the National Hockey League based on what I've read and heard, but he's perfectly molded to be a New York Ranger. He definitely has some of that relentless Ryan Callahan in him.  The purpose of signing these two to tryout contracts is to get them their first taste of professional hockey and also to better prepare them for training camp next fall. It's an approch that has worked for the Rangers in the past, and I've noticed them doing it more often each year.
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