Though Christian Thomas made it through Team Canada’s first round of cuts yesterday, he was announced as the 9th cut today. Thomas scored the game winner in first scrimmage and had a goal in the shootout competition yesterday. Despite this, Thomas was cut from the team, and he clearly is not happy about it.
Indeed, he apparently played well at the selection camp. His suspension early in the OHL season and his overall slow start to the campaign probably had some effect on his fate. Canada’s is obviously full of so much talent anyway, so Thomas had a lot to overcome to make the team. Some fantastic prospects such as Phil Di Giuseppe and Tyler Toffoli were cut as well, so Thomas is not in bad company. He probably would have made the roster for just about every other country. Making the team would have been a fantastic accomplishment for Christian but it doesn’t define him as a prospect. Plenty of players have had successful NHL careers despite being cut by Team Canada. In fact, here’s a list of some of the best ones. Thomas is still a quality prospect with the potential to be an impact player for the Rangers a few years down the road.
With Thomas being cut, only JT Miller (USA) and Peter Ceresnak (Slovakia) remain as Rangers prospects who potentially will play in the World Junior Championships. Both are probable to make their teams.