Thread: Confirmed with Link: [NYR/MTL] Christian Thomas for Danny Kristo
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07-09-2013, 10:11 PM
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Originally Posted by ColonialsHockey10 View Post
Definitely a good point, and I wasn't making a definitive statement one way or the other. It was just something to think about.
It's fair. Obviously there's a big difference between being a college student and playing some games on the weekend vs. living the full professional hockey lifestyle, dealing with the longer schedule, some pros who have had NHL experience and/or have been in the sport for the long time, etc. And to that extent Thomas is certainly more experienced. Still, we've seen guys like McDonagh, Hagelin, and Stepan jump almost immediately to the NHL level and we've seen guys like McIlrath, Callahan, and Anisimov take a bit of time. There's no blueprint. Every prospect is going to be different. It remains to be seen if Kristo can immediately step in at the NHL level, but at 23, you have to think the Rangers don't see him as far off or else they wouldn't have made a move for him.

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