Staten Island, N.Y. - For the 3rd time in 3 days, The New York Rangers have made a trade. It started on Sunday, when the Rangers acquired defenseman Justin Falk from Minnesota. Then on Monday they traded Kris Newbury to the Philadelphia Flyers for defenseman Danny Syvret. Lastly today, they sent promising young prospect Christian Thomas to Montreal in exchange for 2008 second round pick Danny Kristo.
The best part about all of these deals, they all happened without anything leaking. They all came as shockers as nobody knew they’d be happening. Look back at the last few deals they pulled off besides these, the Gaborik deal anyone? Pretty sure all of Blueshirts Nation’s jaw dropped when they saw that deal had been put through on the deadline. General Manager Glen Sather has been very sneaky with his moves. This leads me to believe that he definitely has something large cooking. If he didn’t, why else would he make 3 minor moves like this? With Free Agency set to begin I guess we will all find out.
So in the trade today, the Rangers received promising young forward Danny Kristo from Montreal. Kristo was drafted in the Second round of the 2008 draft but has never played a game in the NHL yet. After being drafted he went to college at the University of North Dakota and attended all 4 years there. Getting better and better each year. In his junior and senior year at North Dakota he averaged more than a PPG. He’s not a huge guy, but he isnt small either @ 5’11 185 pounds. He’s the kind of player that isn’t afraid to throw his weight around & loves to catch forwards with their heads down. He also has a nose for the net. Kristo netted 26 goals for the Fighting Sioux his senior year. He had such a good season he was named to the All-WCHA First Team.
Kristo is also familiar with a few of the faces on this Rangers roster that I’m sure will help him get comfortable. He played with Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan at the 2010 World Junior Championships when the USA won Gold against Canada. Some scouts had said Kristo was the top prospect coming out of Montreal & he is NHL Ready.
Out of the 3 trades brought in so far by GM Glen Sather, I think Falk & Kristo both have legitimate shots to make this team. Kristo has a whole lot of upside. If you dont believe he does, just look up a few of his highlight videos on youtube. Kids got unreal hands & doesn’t stop moving. It all depends how he does in camp.
I think we all know recently, Glen Sather has gotten the better of many GMs when it comes to trades. Montreal should know this first hand, just think of the Ryan McDonagh for Scott Gomez trade. YIKES.
With all of this being said, don’t be surprised to see something big come out of (or into) the Big Apple. Michael Del Zotto? Marc Staal? Carl Hagelin? I guess we have to wait to find out.