Was never a fan of Thomas to begin with. Thomas was nothing special IMO. He has too many flaws in his game, mainly size oriented. His goal scoring decreased dramatically after he was looking like a legitimate prospect post draft year in the OHL. Had a solid rookie season in the AHL, but hardly a legitimate prospect. Like what I heard from Kristo over the years by Habs fans.
Kristo is an excellent skater. He has great top end speed, excellent acceleration, and great agility, allowing him to weave through opposing defenders and create plays off both the cycle and the rush. He has great puck protection skills, and effectively uses his edges, and low centre of gravity, to be strong on the puck, difficult to knock off a play, and able win battles on the boards. He plays a gritty two-way game, willing to get involved along the boards in both the offensive and defensive zones.
It is Kristo’s advanced defensive game that gives many hope that he can be a potential injury fill-in for the Habs this season, and a full-timer as early as next year. Kristo has excelled in all situations throughout his college career, been matched up against opposing team’s top lines, and tasked with killing penalties for UND. His on ice awareness has grown through his experience, and this will help him to be an effective pro.