Astute trade gave Rangers fine prospect

July 25, 2013, by
Yet another American for NYR: Danny Kristo.

Yet another American for NYR: Danny Kristo.

Whether Christian Thomas makes it as a Montreal Canadien is of little concern to Rangers fans, although his smallish frame should fit right in with the Canadian club. Ranger fans, however, should be excited at the prospect of Glen Sather once again acquiring a potential NHL regular from Montreal. In Danny Kristo, the Rangers have acquired a player who has dominated at the college level and who appears to be joining the club at the right time.

With Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin injured, there is a position in the top six up for grabs to begin the year. While there are a few options with NHL experience ahead of Kristo (Zuccarello, Kreider, Pouliot come to mind), none of the options have a top six spot nailed on by any means, and all of the options mentioned can play elsewhere in the line-up. If Kristo has a strong training camp he could easily earn himself a look.

Kristo is a man who has earned accolades. In April, College Hockey named Kristo their player of the year and with 26 goals and 52 points for North Dakota it was an award much deserved. He was a Hobey Baker finalist, WCHA rookie of the year in 2010 and this season – to go with his Hobey nomination and CHN win – he was an all WCHA first team player.

Beyond the stats and the awards however, is the fact that with a full college career behind him –and at 23 years of age– Kristo should be ready and able to handle the pro game. With injuries in New York offering an opening, Kristo isn’t coming in to the organisation under prepared. Indeed, he represented team USA at the World Championships this year helping them to win Bronze, playing up front with a team full of NHL talent such as Paul Statsny.

Kristo will be well prepared when he arrives for training camp. The winger played in all ten games during the WHC, scoring 3 points. In addition to Statsny, the US team boasted Erik Johnson, Alex Galchenyuk, TJ Oshie, and Matt Carle so he’s already played with and against (the competition featured the likes of the Sedin’s) some very real talent.

Nobody is expecting Kristo to come in and immediately be a go-to offensive player, but there’s no reason the winger can’t contribute. According to College Hockey he can ‘do a bit of everything’ from goal scoring to the physical stuff, and it’s his work ethic and willingness to engage that could help him stand out from the crowd at camp. His hit on Ben Marshall for North Dakota suggests he’s not backwards in coming forwards, and if he can bring a combination of physicality and offense to the Rangers he’ll be better prepared for the NHL than Christian Thomas was.

The Rangers are going to need to generate extra offense this year especially while Callahan and Hagelin recover. Help from additional sources such as Kristo will be welcomed by Alain Vigneault. Kristo will definitely be one to watch at camp and beyond – he could be Glen Sather’s next great steal.

Categories : Prospects


  1. WilliamW says:

    Glad to hear the bit about his D, as I had only heard his offensive skills being praised

    Excited to get a look at him in camp, potential top scoring talent has been lacking around here for a while now. He meets Clark’s criteria for dominating at lower levels

  2. Walt says:

    By the sounds of things, this kid may have a very bright future in store for himself. Why does Slats deal with other teams, he should only make trades with Montreal, ha ha ha.

    Can’t wait to see what this team will look like this coming season.

  3. cv19 says:

    So if he is the goods why was Montreal willing to give him up so cheaply?

  4. Johnny Red says:

    Boy Would I LOVE to pick Montreal’s pocket again! My only concern is with the win now mentality they may not give the young kids the chance, but with Cally and Hags out early in the year that could let us see what afew of these kids can do.

  5. soiux-per-man says:

    Rangers will be cooking with Kristo, before you know it.

    Here is a sample of what he did for the Fighting Sioux.

    The kid is the real deal.

  6. Frank Cerbone says:

    FYI Kristo is not a physical player.

    He is 23 and performed well playing against younger, smaller players-pretty much like Kreider doing well against younger, smaller players.

    Hope Kristo does not struggle against older players as Kreider did.

    Thomas at 20, did well with 19 goals against bigger & much older players in the AHL

    Kristo is in the 3rd year of his ELC, Thomas is in his 2nd year of his ELC.

    • Siouxfan7inDenver says:

      Kristo is more physical than Kreider and can’t be in 3rd yr of ELC–just finished college career UND this yr and played only a handful of games for Montreal’s farm team….didnt see Kreider or Thomas at World Championships–just sayn’