Viagra sales We all know that the New York Rangers keep one eye on their roster and their other eye on the salary cap. Viagra sales Who knew that they had to monitor the number of NHL familial relations they have in their organization. Viagra sales After all, viagra sales after drafting Adam Tambellini (whose father and brother were ex-NHLers) why else would they trade Christian Thomas to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Danny Kristo?

Viagra sales Online some fans have bemoaned the fact that the Rangers gave up on Thomas too soon. Viagra sales I don’t think that really is the case. Viagra sales While Thomas does have more professional experience (78 games – 73 last season) than Kristo (nine games last season), viagra sales the newest Ranger might be more NHL ready and is certainly far superior a skater.

Viagra sales Here is what Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus wrote in reviewing the trade.

Viagra sales Kristo, viagra sales who just turned 23, viagra sales is arguably NHL ready or somewhat close to making the jump. Viagra sales He becomes one of the Rangers top prospects and could be a decent addition soon for a power play that hasn’t been the best.

Viagra sales There had been indications that Montreal wasn’t really high on Kristo be it for talent or character issues. Viagra sales An example of the latter was when their GM Marc Bergevin questioned Kristo’s off-ice decisions.

Viagra sales On pure talent Kristo is a better prospect than Christian Thomas. Viagra sales That’s not to say Thomas is a poor prospect as he has character, viagra sales offensive ability and he could be an average to above-average pro. Viagra sales However Kristo is arguably a top 100 drafted prospect in hockey with significant upside even if he does carry more risk than Thomas. Viagra sales In a one for one deal, viagra sales it’s hard to make a perfectly equal trade and one team usually comes out ahead. Viagra sales In my opinion it was the Rangers.

Viagra sales In the interest of equal and balanced reporting, viagra sales Marc Antoine Godin (the Canadiens beat reporter with Montreal’s La Presse), viagra sales on September 19, viagra sales 2012, viagra sales tweeted the following missive from Habs GM Marc Bergevin: “Marc Bergevin on Danny Kristo: You can’t always blame immaturity. Viagra sales If he wants to have an NHL career he’ll need to make the right decisions.”

Viagra sales While some might be wondering why the big deal about being NHL-ready now, viagra sales remember that the Blueshirts do not know when Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin will be able to return to action following their off-season shoulder surgeries. Viagra sales

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

Viagra sales While neither Kristo (6-foot-0 and 190 pounds – according to the team’s official press release) nor Thomas (5-foot-9 and 162 pounds) are going to make anyone forget Zdeno Chara, viagra sales the Rangers do add a bit of size while increasing team speed. Viagra sales After all, viagra sales if you are not going to be a power forward, viagra sales you better a quick forward.

Viagra sales Besides with forwards like Ryan Bourque (5-foot-9) and Mats Zuccarello (5-foot-7), viagra sales every inch counts.

Viagra sales Kristo was Montreal’s 2nd round draft pick (#56) in the 2008 NHL Draft – the same Draft that saw the Rangers select Derek Stepan with the 51st pick. Viagra sales In their 2013 Future Watch issue, viagra sales The Hockey News rated Kristo the Habs’ 10th best prospect and wrote that he is a “speedy winger has quick hands, viagra sales good scoring ability, viagra sales But has to improve maturity and work ethic.”

Viagra sales Hockey’s Future web site wrote, viagra sales “At times, viagra sales Kristo lacks the consistency and the work ethic needed to play at the NHL level but definitely not the skills. Viagra sales He has quick acceleration, viagra sales a powerful stride and uses his explosive speed to help make space for him offensively. Viagra sales The talented winger is equally fast with or without the puck and has developed the ability to shoot the puck while in full stride toward the net with a quick, viagra sales accurate release.”

Viagra sales Montreal signed the 23-year-old Kristo to a two-year deal (which expires after the 2013-2014 season) on Trade Deadline Day (April 3, viagra sales 2013) after he finished his four years of college eligibility at the University of North Dakota. Viagra sales In 40 games at North Dakota, viagra sales Kristo scored 26 goals and 26 assists and was one of the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. Viagra sales Kristo finished his four years in college as a point per game producer, viagra sales tallying 68 goals and 93 assists in 157 games.

Viagra sales Danny was twice a double award winner during his collegiate career. Viagra sales In the 2009-2010 season, viagra sales Kristo was named the WCHA’s Rookie of the Year and, viagra sales of course, viagra sales was a member of the WCHA All-Rookie Team. Viagra sales In 2012-2013, viagra sales he earned WCHA First All-Star honors and was named to the NCAA’s West First All-Star team.

Viagra sales The Eden Prairie, viagra sales MN native played for Team USA at the 2013 World Cup and scored one goal and two assists in 10 games. Viagra sales He is no strangers to representing the red, viagra sales white and blue – as he has done so numerous times. Viagra sales In 2010 he teamed up with future Ranger mates Ryan Bourque, viagra sales Chris Kreider and Stepan to help lead the USA to the Gold Medal in the 2010 World Junior Championships – scoring five goals and three assists in seven games.

Viagra sales In 2008, viagra sales the International Scouting Service rated the forward as their 56th best prospect in the 2008 NHL Draft. Viagra sales Their scouting report said, viagra sales “Kristo was very impressive throughout the IIHF World Under-18 Hockey Championships in Kazan, viagra sales Russia. Viagra sales He is a great offensive zone player. Viagra sales He can really make things happen offensively. Viagra sales He is fearless on the forecheck and has great shooting instincts. Viagra sales He is always in the play and does not give up on puck battles. Viagra sales His speed is adequate but could be better, viagra sales some development is needed.”

Viagra sales ISS rated his Skating and Puckhandling as “Very Good” and his Shot/Scoring and Hockey Sense as “Excellent”.

Viagra sales NHL’s Central Scouting rated him as their 37th best North American skater. Viagra sales Central Scouting’s Jack Barzee offered up this report on Kristo: “Danny is a strong kid, viagra sales but not a very big, viagra sales physical kid. Viagra sales He has very quick feet and he’s very smart. Viagra sales He’s clever with the puck, viagra sales he can set people up and he can finish. Viagra sales Sometimes he can take himself away from his best assets – thinking and skating and using his hands, viagra sales and he tries to knock big guys down and he physically can’t, viagra sales but he’s got that bite to his game. Viagra sales He has a real top-end level offensively, viagra sales he could be a top-two line guy in the NHL someday and he’s going to play and be successful.”

Viagra sales Even Kristo offered up a scouting report on himself.

Viagra sales “I would describe my game as an up-tempo, viagra sales speed game. Viagra sales I think my strengths as a player are my speed, viagra sales hands and vision. Viagra sales I would like to improve on playing more consistent and improving in the weight room, viagra sales” Kristo explained as part of his Central Scouting profile.

Viagra sales While the Rangers lose the son of former NHL forward Steve Thomas, viagra sales Kristo does have a connection to a former NHL draft pick. Viagra sales His minor hockey coach with the Indianapolis Checkers of the Eden Prairie Hockey Association was Monty Trottier (the Islanders 4th round draft pick (#68) in the 1980 Draft) the non-NHL playing middle brother between Bryan and Rocky.

Viagra sales Kristo’s father, viagra sales Mark, viagra sales played for Bemidji State (1972-76) and was selected as one of the university’s 50 greatest players in 2006. Viagra sales

Viagra sales The key to Kristo’s success will be his ability to translate his skating advantage from the bigger collegiate rinks to the more confined NHL rinks. Viagra sales The key to that translation will have to be the first step or two he takes. Viagra sales As you have read, viagra sales he has the potential explosiveness to beat his defenders to the outside. Viagra sales It is a matter of him harnessing his ability and his hockey sense as he evolves from a collegiate player into an NHL player. Viagra sales

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