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.”
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Kristo turns 24 in June.
Kristo, at Hockey’s Future, said that he thought he played well in his exhibition games but made some defensive mistakes that he thinks hurt his chances of starting the season with the Rangers. He added that he knew going in it was going to be tough to make the Rangers out of training camp.
He thinks that he has gotten a good opportunity in Hartford to produce and Ken Gernander told HF that Kristo has “great hand skills, a good release and good vision.” Gernander added that Kristo tends to make “high percentage plays” and sometimes tries to force plays that aren’t there.
Kristo said that he is learning everyday in Hartford.
He was ranked 46th in the top 50 NHL prospects by Corey Pronman who said that he is a “plus skater with good hands, vision and shooting skill. He says that Kristo’s physical game, in terms of strength, is still a concern and that at 23 he will have to show he can play in the NHL soon.