When the New York Rangers acquired prospect Danny Kristo from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Christian Thomas last offseason, many fans felt this was GM Glen Sather ripping off the Canadiens in yet another deal. I am sure you all remember the Scott Gomez for Chris Higgins and a youngster by the name of Ryan McDonagh trade.
However, since that trade, Kristo, who was said not to be far off and was even talked about making the club right out of training camp by some, has yet to play a single game in the NHL. While Kristo has the skills to be mainstay in the NHL, he lacks the consistency and work ethic to back up those skills, especially in the defensive zone.
But with Kristo a year older, now 24, some believed this could be the year Kristo makes the Rangers out of training camp and be on their opening day roster. That was until the Rangers landed highly touted prospect Kevin Hayes to a 2 year deal, worth $900K per, signed just one day after Kristo agreed to a 1 year contract, worth a little over $800K.
With Hayes added to the mix, Kristo is pushed down another notch yet again on the Rangers’ prospect list. There is always a chance of moving up the list, based on performance, but the odds keep getting stacked against Kristo.
Now the Rangers obviously see talent and potential in Kristo, as they did not just let him walk this offseason, but I do believe unless there are injuries or he really ups his game, that Kristo’s future with the Rangers looks bleak. Anything can happen of course, but do not be surprised if he is dealt during this season’s trade deadline to fill a hole in the Rangers’ lineup.
Kristo may have a future in the NHL but it is looking less and less likely it will be with the Rangers.