Stats/Watch: Wolf Pack Win 6-2 (JT Miller, Danny Kristo and Jesper Fast score)

The Wolf Pack won 6-2 last night against Springfield:

  • Conor Allen: 2 shots
  • Dylan McIlrath: 1 assist, plus two, 1 shot, high sticking penalty
  • Ryan Bourque: plus one, 3 shots, interference penalty
  • JT Miller: 1 goal, 2 assists, plus one, 4 shots
  • Marek Hrivik: 2 assist, plus two, 4 shots
  • Oscar Lindberg: 3 shots
  • Jesper Fast: 1 goal, 2 assists, plus one, 2 shots
  • Danny Kristo: 1 goal, 2 shots

Highlights below

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Read: Danny Kristo’s Season So Far

Danny KristoIn his first full season in the AHL, Danny Kristo has 17 goals and 14 assists in 44 games.

Per month, Kristo has scored:

  • October: 7 goals, 5 assists (10 games)
  • November: 3 goals, 2 assists (9 games)
  • December: 2 goals, 3 assists (10 games)
  • January: 4 goals, 3 assists (11 games)
  • February: 1 goal, 1 assist (4 games)

Ken Gernander tells NHL.com that Kristo has been the catalyst for the Wolf Pack offensively.

In describing Kristo’s game, Gernander says that Kristo has a good release on his shot and it’s one that goalies have a tough time picking up. He adds that Kristo has good vision and has the ability to be really creative with his passes.

Gernander adds that Kristo probably has NHL-level offensive skills right now, but that he still needs to get better on defense and work some of those issues out.

Kristo said that Gernander has has helped him with the adjustment from college to the AHL.

The latest update that Alain Vigneault received on Kristo, from 12/19, was “I’ve heard from talking with Ken and Jim has been down there and Jeff just came back from watching their last game that there is a lot of skill. You can tell that he has great hands but sometimes some of those highly skilled players want to do too much with the puck, things that aren’t there and it has led to some turnovers that the coaches are working with him to cut those down a little bit. Overall they have seen some good progression in his play, in his conditioning and they are happy with how they are coming along.”

For more on Kristo including the goals he has scored this season, CLICK HERE.

Kristo turns 24 in June.

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Stats: Wolf Pack Win 4-1 (Danny Kristo and Oscar Lindberg score/Dylan McIlrath Plays)

The Wolf Pack defeated the Phantoms 4-1 last night:

  • Conor Allen: plus one, hooking penalty
  • Dylan McIlrath: 1 assist, plus two
  • Ryan Bourque: plus one, 3 shots
  • JT Miller: 1 assist, plus one, five shots
  • Marek Hrivik: nothing on scoresheet
  • Oscar Lindberg: 1 goal, 1 assist, plus two, 5 shots
  • Jesper Fast: 1 assist, plus one, 1 shot
  • Danny Kristo: 1 goal, 1 assist, plus two, 4 shots

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Read: Jim Schoenfeld On Some Of The Hartford Prospects

Danny KristoJohn Giannone, on his Bleeding Blueshirts podcast, asked Jim Schoenfeld about players in Hartford that the Rangers have an eye on.

Schoenfeld said that he hated to name players for fear of leaving one out, but said:

  • “Danny Kristo has very good offensive skills and we have him killing penalties too because we want him to learn to play away form the puck. I don’t believe there is anyone in the American league who is good enough offensively to survive in the NHL with that skill alone. They will have to learn to be two-way players in one way or another. They will need to learn how to finish a check, block a shot, learn to be reliable in the defensive zone, in the neutral zone they will have to understand coverage because it’s going to be increasingly difficult for them to score. You can’t be giving up what you can’t get back. We are trying to turn them into two way players.”
  • “JT Miller has made another trip back to Hartford. He has skill, people have seen his skill. They have seen him score goals, they have seen a good wrist shot, a good release. They have seen courage and toughness. JT Miller is learning to play away from the puck because it’s too risky and the coach doesn’t feel comfortable enough to put him on the ice in certain situations. It goes to play and learn rather than stay here and condition.”
  • “Dylan McIlrath has made great strides this year. He is tough as nails, a good scrapper, good body checker and he is developing his craft.”

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Read: The Danny Kristo Season So Far

Danny KristoAt Hockey’s Future, Leslie Treff wrties that Danny Kristo is expected to spend the entire 2013-14 season with the Wolf Pack.

So far this season, Kristo has 4 goals and 3 assists in six games.

His seven points, as of Sunday morning, tie him for seventh in the AHL and are second in the AHL among rookies.

His four goals have been

  • wrist shot from the left circle over the glove hand
  • wrist shot from the right circle, stick side
  • deflection from in front of a Conor Allen shot
  • picks up loose puck in front after a scramble and puts it in on the forehand

She writes that Kristo is a “wizard” with the puck, “uncanny hockey IQ,” solid vision and a quick release. She says that Kristo should compete for a roster spot next season.

For more on Kristo, read through the Wolf Pack game reports.

Ryan Kennedy has Kristo on his latest “Hot List” of Prospects at The Hockey News. Kennedy says that Kristo was “prolific scorer” in the NCAAs and has had no problem transitioning his speed and skill game to the AHL.

Read: Danny Kristo Is Glad He Stayed Four Years In College/Is Impressing Alain Vigneault

Danny KristoDanny Kristo spent all four years of his college eligibility at the University of North Dakota.

Kristo averaged over a point per game in his college career, 161 points in 157 games.

  • 09-10: 15 goals and 21 assists in 41 games
  • 10-11: 8 goals and 20 assists in 34 games
  • 11-12: 19 goals and 26 assists in 42 games
  • 12-13: 26 goals and 26 assists in 40 games

He also had six game winning goals as a senior.

Kristo told the team’s website that his decision to stay for his senior season was big for his development, “I played a ton of minutes offensively but to be able to be first PK and playing a ton there and being on the ice trying to shut down their top guys. It had a lot to do with my development last year, especially my defensive game. Staying for me senior year definitely benefited me.”

His coach at North Dakota told NHL.com that as a senior Kristo handled a much bigger role and matured from a talented player into a “pro.”

As a senior, Kristo was a Hobey Baker Finalist, First Team All-Star and a First Team All-American.

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In his first preseason game, Kristo played 17:24, had an assist, two shots and one that missed the net.

Alain Vigneault said that he was very impressed with Kristo’s game against the Devils and that he showed a lot of poise with the puck and offensive skill.

Kristo said after the game against the Devils, that he felt good and Traverse City helped him get his legs under him.