In a chat with the Rangers website, Gordie Clark said that the Rangers wanted to acquire Danny Kristo because they believe he can be a guy who can step in for Ryan Callahan and/or Carl Hagelin in the early part of the season as they recover from shoulder surgery.
Clark said that the team asked Derek Stepan, who played with Kristo in 2010 at the World Junior Championships, about Kristo and that the organization likes to ask players on the roster about players they are looking to bring in.
Kristo was described by Clark as a speedy goal scorer. He added that the Rangers didn’t want to trade Christian Thomas but Montreal wouldn’t stop asking for him.
Glen Sather said earlier in the week, at the Daily News, that Christian Thomas is a good goal scorer but he doesn’t bring as much to the table as they believe Danny Kristo can.
At Hockey Prospectus, Corey Pronman writes that Kristo is a “skilled offensive forward” who has good skating ability and works hard at both ends of the ice. He adds that Kristo jumps to be one of the Rangers top and most ready prospects who could be someone who helps the power play.
Chris Kreider, who played with Kristo in 2010, said that he is a great kid, a great player and will fit in well with the Rangers. He added that Kristo “gets results” and is the kind of guy that you want on your team.