Sep 16, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New York Rangers right wing Danny Kristo (46) skates with the puck while being defended by New Jersey Devils defenseman Mark Fayne (7) during the first period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers: Danny Kristo Should Replace Mats Zuccarello


As we all may know, during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics New York Rangers leading points scorer Mats Zuccarello suffered a hand injury, which doctors later diagnosed as a non-displaced fracture, which will put the winger out for approximately 3-4 weeks. This is a huge blow to the Rangers offense, but we won’t mention that for right now. The fact of the matter is that Zuccarello needs to be replaced, at least for the moment. Let’s take a look at who our options of replacing him are.

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The first option is Derek Dorsett, the winger has finally returned from his injury suffered on January third against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has played 37 games so far this season and has five points in those games, and while yes he will add a key component to the roster, offense is not that part, so he is not really the best choice.

The only other option is to trade Ryan Callahan to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Marty St. Louis. Just Kidding! The other option is to call up a player from the Hartford Wolf Pack, and in my opinion this player has to be Danny Kristo. In 45 games with the Wolf Pack this season, Kristo has 17 goals and 14 assists for a total of 31 points, and has also managed to tally 107 shots on goal. Aside from his stats, he’s a fast, young talent who knows how to carry the puck up the ice and can obviously get the puck to the net. He would fit perfectly on the line with Benoit Pouliot and Derick Brassard for the time being and would be another source of offense for the Rangers going to the playoffs.

In the time span of Mats Zuccarello’s absence, there are 14 games that will be played, 28 points are up for grabs in a tight division and the Rangers can not afford to let any of them slip away. So having Kristo come in for Zuccarello for the time being would overall help the Rangers.

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  • Pivot

    I thought the way Kristo played in camp, that he was a lock to make the roster. At least as a 13th forward but management wanted him to work on some parts of his game. In camp the play isn’t as back and forth or as demanding defensively. This is where Kristo might have trouble with the Rangers Man to Man/Overload defensive coverage. Clutch and grab might help him but that’s no more. He’s a righty so I think offensively he will be successful. Even at the NHL level. He’s a shooter. He gets to the open areas for good scoring chances and has the quick release to beat NHL goalies. That is his biggest attribute aside from his world class skating ability. I think either way whoever management decides to call up (or acquire in a trade) that 3rd line won’t be nearly as effective. Zuccarelo is the catalyst for everything the trio does. Brassard & Pouliot have been awesome the last 4-5 weeks. I think they could give Lindburg a look. Brassard can play wing and Pouliot is a Righty. He could switch to the RW and let Linburg play the middle or the wing. Zuccarello will be back so this is all temporary but the 3rd line has been the teams best line. Kristo may be the best bet but his defense will need work. I don’t know how he’s come along since early on in the season. We have the Hawks coming into our building so the team isn’t gone get their feet wet. They’ll be diving right into the thick of the race. Points are at a premium right now. They have to have a good game against the champs. The top line of Kreider-Stepan-Nash needs to start providing a goal a game (GAG). The 2nd line has done little to nothing since Callahan’s 2 goal game. He’s got 24 points and wants how much money?
    Finally AV rolls 4 lines. Boyle-Moore-Carcillo have been effective. Carcillo in particular adds a missing element to the team.
    Dorsett is coming back soon and I think he and Carcillo would play out nicely around Moore. Making Boyle a trade chip. He does a lot for this team but his role has diminished since Moore came aboard. I would like to try to offer Boyle & maybe Hagelin to St Louis for Chris Stewart. He plays anywhere in the lineup. Skates well for his size and can score. Yet he plays with a chip on his shoulder and isn’t affraid to fight anyone. Sticks up for teammates passionately. Policing the game. He can play top line or 4th line. PP & some PK work. The Rangers will have $8.5 mil in cap space come the deadline. His cap salary is just over ($4 mil) per season. He will help in many ways. We still will be a team based on speed and be a bit bigger as a result. LGR!!!!!