The Washington Capitals signed 24-year-old Forward Christian Thomas to a one-year deal, the team announced on Friday afternoon.A 40th overall draft pick in 2010 by New York Rangers, Thomas has played in a total of 27 NHL games where he recorded 1 goal and two assists. Thomas, who played for the Arizona Coyotes last season, has exceptional speed.
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) July 1, 2016
Caps sign Christian Thomas. RFA out of ARI not qualified. Good skater, 10 goals btw STJ and SPR.
— Jason Iacona (@nafsnep) July 1, 2016
Played in six games last season and scored two assists. https://t.co/5sSWQp61KN
— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) July 1, 2016
The Coyotes acquired forward Thomas from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Lucas Lessio in December 2015. The 5′-9″, 176 pounds Thomas is the son of former NHLer Steve Thomas.
From Capitals press release:
Thomas, 24, registered two assists in six games with the Arizona Coyotes and Montreal Canadiens in 2015-16. He was traded from Montreal to Arizona on Dec. 15 in exchange for Lucas Lessio. Thomas earned an assist on Dec. 1 against Columbus and tallied an assist on Dec. 5 at Carolina. The 5’9”, 175-pound forward scored his first NHL goal on Feb. 12, 2015 against Edmonton and made his NHL debut on Feb. 23, 2013 at Montreal. He has earned three points (one goal, two assists) in 27 career NHL games with the NY Rangers, Montreal and Arizona. Thomas was drafted by the Rangers in the second round, 40th overall, in the 2010 NHL Draft. The Toronto native recorded 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 34 AHL games with Springfield and St. John’s last season. He has earned 107 points (52 goals, 55 assists) in 219 career AHL games with Connecticut, Hamilton, St. John’s and Springfield.