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Rangers and Habs swap prospects

Jul 2, 2013, 5:48 PM EDT

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Trades aren’t always about the big names, sometimes it’s the prospects that change places.

The New York Rangers have traded forward Christian Thomas to the Montreal Canadiens for forward Danny Kristo.

Thomas played one game with New York last season and had no points. He spent most of last season with the Connecticut Whale in the AHL and did well in his first professional season scoring 19 goals with 16 assists.

As a 5′ 9″ 170-pound forward, he won’t do much to make the jokes about small forwards in Montreal go away. Thomas was a second-round pick by New York in 2010.

Kristo, meanwhile, had a big season in his senior year at the University of North Dakota finishing tied for second in the nation in points with 52. He was also second in the country in goals scored with 26 and was a Hobey Baker Top 10 finalist. At 5’11” 185, he’s a slick, speedy winger with an obvious knack for the net.

Kristo helped Team USA’s World Junior team win gold in 2010 and was on the bronze medal-winning World Championships team this year. He was a second-round pick by Montreal in 2008.

  1. 11blueshirts11 - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Does anyone know if he’s NHL ready?

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Thought the Habs wanted to get bigger. Unless they are just feeding bread crumbs to their AHL team.

  3. stcrowe - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    Neither of them is very big. Kristo put up some good points in college. He’s had issues but the frostbite incident may have straightened him out. Thomas also put up great points in the OHL. Effort is never a problem for him. Small but determined, like his father was.

  4. DED - Jul 2, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Rangers drafter Thomas in the 2nd round in 2010 (40th overall). I don’t know if he’s NHL-ready but it’s a shame the Rangers won’t find out. The kid’s a RW and the Rangers don’t have many guys who are naturals for that position.

  5. yondo123 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    I loved the pick when Rangers drafted a high scorer – but not surprised to see the Rangers and Canadiens swap an American for Canadian.

    Seems like a fair trade.

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 2, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      I live in Minnesota, and saw Kristo play many times for North Dakota against the Gophers. and I wish the Wild would have drafted him, he is a good player

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