Buzz: Rangers Trade Christian Thomas To Montreal For Danny Kristo

Danny KristoThe Rangers have traded Christian Thomas to Montreal for Danny Kristo.

He is 5-11, 185 and was a second round pick of Montreal in 2008 and spent the last four seasons playing for North Dakota.

Kristo, 23, had 26 goals and 26 assists in 40 games last season. He had three assists in nine games playing for Hamilton in the AHL.

He signed a two-year entry level deal this past spring and his contract expires next year when he will be an RFA. His cap hit is $1.3 million.

Kristo played 10 games for Team USA at the World Championships this past spring and had 1 goal and two assists.

In 2010 he played with Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider on the World Junior team that won the Gold Medal. He had five goals and three assists in that tournament.

He was ranked the fifth best prospect on Montreal by Hockey’s Future.

The Hockey News ranked him 10th in the Future Watch issue this past February and wrote “the speedy winger has quick hands, good scoring ability, but has to improve maturity and work ethic.”

In 2012, The Hockey News ranked him 9th in their future watch issue and wrote “excellent skater with non-stop motor and scoring ability. Needs more muscle.”

Habs Eyes on the Prize writes “Kristo is one of the fastest skaters in the organization, possibly even the fastest, and gives the Canadiens even more depth at forward. The right winger can make plays at top speed, which instantly puts him at the top of the Bulldogs call up list if a skilled forward is injured.”

Leslie Treff calls this an “excellent trade” for the Rangers and that Kristo has a lot of talent and grit. She notes that he had off-ice issues many years ago but he has matured and has high end talent.

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Read: Christian Thomas Is Learning What He Needs To Do To Stick

ThomasIn his first season as a pro, Christian Thomas has 19 goals and 16 assists along with 148 shots.

By month, Thomas had:

  • October: 1 goal and 2 assists in 7 games
  • November: 3 goals and 2 assists in 11 games
  • December: 4 goals and 2 assists in 14 games
  • January: 1 goal and 1 assist in 11 games
  • February: 4 goals and 4 assists in 9 games
  • March: 5 goals and 2 assists in 13 games.
  • April: 1 goal and 3 assists in 8 games.

At Blueshirts United, Ken Gernander spoke about how Christian Thomas has progressed this season and has grown as a defensive player, a physical player and someone who can win puck battles.

Thomas said that he learned from his dad not to be intimidated on the ice because of his stature, “it’s always nice to get in there and mix things up. I’m not really scared of much on the ice.”

He said that he just needs to keep working hard to show to get another shot at sticking in the NHL for more than just one game.

Leslie Treff writes at Hockey’s Future that Thomas had an up and down first pro season and that he has just as much chance of being a top-six forward as he does a bust. She notes that this coming season will give a big indication on which route Thomas will take.


Read: Christian Thomas Enjoyed His NHL Debut/Knows How A Smaller Player Needs To Work

ThomasAgainst Montreal on Feb 23, Christian Thomas made his NHL debut.

Thomas was called up as an injury replacement and was then sent down when the Rangers activated Darroll Powe off of IR.

He told the Daily News, that the experience of playing in the NHL was “great” and said that he felt more comfortable as the game went on, “by the third period, I felt it was just another game out there.”

In terms of the three hits that Thomas had, he told Ranger Rants that he was just following advice from his dad, “be physical, be hard on the forecheck. Smaller guys have to do that to be successful and I just tried to get it out of the way early.”

Thomas spoke with Bob Crawford of the Whale and said, “I was called up because of the way I was playing here so I was thinking of just playing the same way as I was here and I think I played an alright first game.”

Thomas said that he struggled at the start with the pace and different style of hockey in the AHL but thinks his game has gotten a lot better as he has adapted.