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Lots of Love for Kristo

In two recent rankings of the Rangers top prospects, the newly acquired Danny Kristo found himself in the top two in both polls…

NHL.com, who has him ranked as the top Rangers prospect, gives us this quote from Gordie Clark on Kristo's chances of making the team out of training camp…

"Danny's a little older. He's a little more experienced playing a lot in college. We have a situation where Hagelin and Callahan are going to be out [with injuries], at least in the beginning. We feel he has a good chance to fill in one of those roles."

Meanwhile, Corey Pronman at Hockey Prospectus, who has the 5' 11" Kristo ranked second in the Rangers system, lists his strengths…

"Kristo is a very gifted offensive player who can be fun to watch. He is a top-end skater, with a powerful first step and a clean stride. He is also pretty agile and good on his edges. Kristo's puck skills are plus, as he can make defenders miss with highlight reel plays on occasion. He has developed his playmaking game well, and last season, he was an above-average passer. Kristo has a decent on-ice work ethic as well."

Pronman did add that Kristo's physical game is poor, as he is small, and he has not really bulked up as much as he has needed to.

Kristo led the University of North Dakota in goals (26), points (52), shots (161) and plus/minus (plus-17) and was a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey's top Division I player. The 23-year-old was named a first-team All-American and College Hockey News' Player of the Year.

According to Steve Zipay at Newsday, Kristo is expected to begin the Traverse tournament later today on the top line with Oscar Lindberg and Jesper Fast. Here is the rest of the line-up…

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Jean-St. Croix-Spelling
Nicholls-Yogan-Duclair
Wilson-Kantor-Leroux

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record has more on Kristo here,

…sounds like Kristo has all the tools to be a real factor for the Rangers this season, especially on the power play. Makes me wonder why the Canadiens were so willing to let him go. As pointed out by Pronman above, could be that his lack of physicality leads him to disappear at times and not display his tremendous skills. Hopefully, it's just because the Montreal organization is terrible at evaluating their talent (see McDonagh). Canadien fans will want to kill themselves if the Kristo trade even approaches the larceny the McD/Gomez trade was.

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