In another move by the New York Rangers (that’s three moves in three days!), the team sent forward Christian Thomas to the Montreal Canadiens for prospect, Danny Kristo.
Thomas was selected 40 overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. While his size was their main issue, he still put up an impressive effort, and was surprising the teams brass with his skill and dedication to the sport. Most recently, he was invited to the Rangers prospect camp, and was heavily featured on the teams fan site, Blueshirtsunited.com.
Thomas played most of the season for the Connecticut Whale, tallying 35 points (19G, 14A), and saw one game of NHL action when he suited up for the team against the Canadiens while they were having a big battle with the injury bug.
Kristo was drafted 56 overall in the 2008 NHL Draft. He just finished playing at the University of North Dakota where he compiled 161 points (68G, 93A), and saw a brief stint with the Canadiens AHL affiliate in the Hamilton Bulldogs, where in 9 games collected 3 assists.
His main issue is his character, where while at North Dakota, him and a few of his teammates got arrested for serving minors alcohol, and was promptly suspended by the team. Many scouts place him as the top prospect coming out of the Montreal system, and consider him NHL ready.
Kristo does have some connection to the current group of Rangers, as he played with both Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider during the 2010 World Junior Championships, in which the US won the gold.
So is this another steal for the Rangers? Because the last time we got someone from the Montreal Canadiens, it turned out to be pretty good in our favor.
Now for our viewing pleasure, here are some highlights of the newly acquired Kristo: