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Rangers sign prospect Christian Thomas

Christian Thomas, the Rangers' 2010 second-round draft pick,

Christian Thomas, the Rangers' 2010 second-round draft pick, is the son of former Islanders winger Steve Thomas. (June 26, 2010) (Credit: Getty Images)

Christian Thomas, the son of former NHL forward Steve Thomas, has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Rangers.

Thomas, who will be 19 next week, scored 54 goals and added 45 assists for the OHL's Oshawa Generals last season. Thomas, who is 5-9, was the second-round draft choice (40th overall) of the club in 2010.

He reportedly would be paid an average of $838,333 if he makes the team; $67,000 per season if he is in the AHL. If he plays more than nine NHL games, he loses his junior eligibility.

His father scored 412 goals in 20 seasons in the NHL, four of them with the Islanders, starting in 1991.

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