Saturday, February 19, 2011

Strange Does Not Begin To

Words do not begin to describe how Friday night was for the New York Ranger prospects. From a really last minute scratch to Roman Horak to Chris Kreider taking a 5 minute major for kneeing; it was crazy.

The only "normal" thing was Christian Thomas played and Christian Thomas (2010 2nd) scored to help his Oshawa Generals win. Really what else can we say about the leading scorer among Ranger prospects.

A 4 game goal scoring streak (7-2-9), points in 7 of the 8 games he has played this month (10-8-18) as the young forward has climbed up to 6th in OHL scoring and 2nd in total goals after a 1-1-2 performance.

When the season started Thomas was always being described as the son of former NHLer Steve Thomas, think by now Steve Thomas is now known as the father of Christian Thomas.

The Ranger report is right here

The New York Islander prospect story is headlined by David Toews (2008 3rd) as he earned "First Star" honors for a 1-2-3 performance in leading his Brandon Wheat Kings to a 10-1 whipping of the Swift Current Broncos. It was a key win for the Wheat Kings who are fighting the Broncos for a playoff spot in the WHL.

Toews who took some heat for leaving North Dakota for the Wheat Kings when he said it would help improve his chances at an NHL career, is playing some of his best hockey of the season. A season high 4 game scoring streak has helped Brandon win their last 4 straight.

The Wheat Kings remain in 7th place in the WHL's Eastern Conference but now have opened up a 7 point lead on 9th place Broncos. Toews is now 14-21-35 which may not be earth shattering but coming from a player who had a total of 26 points in 2 seasons at North Dakota, it is a marked improvement.

The rest of the Islander prospect story is right here.

(Images: Thomas/OHL Images/Aaron Bell) 


Kmp said...

Jess Do you think Thomas can catch Toffoli?

Whats with Kingston they give up 40 shots a game.

Jess Rubenstein said...


Thomas had a shot at goals but at points Toffoli has a 14 point lead on him.

As for Kingston there biggest problem has been not being able to keep their best lineup together . Werek gets hurt, Gudbranson suspended, it was one thing after another.

IF Kingston makes the playoffs I am pretty much sold on them being out in the first round