Thomas invited to World Junior camp

Rangers prospect is among 46 players in running for Team Canada

Friday, 06.17.2011 / 3:15 PM / News
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Earlier this week, Rangers prospect Christian Thomas told newyorkrangers.com that he was hoping he'd soon get a phone call from Hockey Canada to learn if he had been selected for the Canadian National Junior Team Summer Development Camp.

On Friday, Thomas got the good news he had been looking for, as the Blueshirts' 2010 second-round draft pick and son of former NHLer Steve Thomas was on the list of 46 players invited to the camp, scheduled to take place from Aug. 3-7 in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Thomas, who is coming off a tremendous 54-goal and 99-point season with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. He was the first Blueshirts draftee to score 50 goals in an OHL season since Ryan Callahan in 2005-06.

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Thomas is the only current Rangers prospect among the 26 forwards, 16 defenseman and four goaltenders invited to the camp. All players must have been born in 1992 or 1993, and the final roster can only include 22 of the players attending the camp. A number of the players on the list are also eligible for the upcoming 2011 NHL Entry draft at St. Paul, Mnn.

Seven players in the invited group were members of the 2011 World Junior Championship team that won a silver medal in Buffalo.

The 2012 World Junior Championship tournament will be held from Dec. 26, 2011, to Jan. 5, 2012 in Calgary and Edmonton.

Look for more on Christian Thomas in an upcoming profile on newyorkrangers.com. The story, part of the site's ongoing "20 Prospects in 20 Days" series.