Christian Thomas Discusses NHL Debut

“ I was obviously nervous, and going out there for the anthems, it was crazy. I've never been in front of so many fans. ”
- Christian Thomas
“ It was surreal, but I was glad to get the first couple of shifts over with and get the jitters away, and then tried to play the way I like to play. ”
- Christian Thomas
“ I got some more opportunity there in the third, playing with (Brad Richards) for a bit. I felt more comfortable as it went on. I started to feel like it was just another game out there. It was a great experience. ”
- Christian Thomas

One of the bright spots for the Rangers Saturday night in Montreal was the NHL debut of 20 year-old Christian Thomas, who played nearly 13 minutes, recorded two shots on goal---including one on his first shift, and was credited with three hits.

The Rangers second round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft found out about his recall from the Connecticut Whale on Friday night and flew from Scranton to Philadelphia, but missed his connecting flight to Montreal due to weather issues. After sleeping over in Philly, Thomas caught a late-morning flight to Montreal, missed the team's morning skate, but was in unform---wearing No. 58---at the Bell Centre in front of a Hockey Night in Canada television audience.

Also watching closely was Christian's dad---former NHLer Steve Thomas---whose current employer, the Tampa Bay Lightning, flew him up for his son's debut. Steve Thomas is an assistant coach with the Lightning, and he was allowed to miss his team's game in Carolina on Saturday, and will fly back to rejoin the team in time for Sunday's contest in Pittsburgh.

Following the game, Christian Thomas discussed his NHL debut with reporters.

See what Thoams had to say Saturday, then share your comments on his performance below.