Some folks are obsessed with height measurements. Thomas is a lot thicker and stronger than Kristo...also has more hockey sense, and a great shot. A big upgrade in the character department, and son of a former NHLer who believes in wearing shoes in the winter.
Kristo would have been a UFA in what...two or three years? Never seemed that crazy about playing in Montreal.
do ppl not realise how skinny Kristo was?? Thomas is wayyy thicker and steadier on his skates and already showed he can play against men, unlike Kristo who waited to be 5 years older than everyone to show a little domination...it is his attitude that got him out the door.
Born May 26 1992 -- Toronto, ONT
[21 yrs. ago] Height 5.09 -- Weight 162 -- Shoots R
Selected by New York Rangers round 2 #40 overall 2010 NHL Entry Draft
Born Jun 18 1990 -- Eden Prairie, MN
[23 yrs. ago] Height 5.11 -- Weight 185 -- Shoots R
Selected by Montreal Canadiens round 2 #56 overall 2008 NHL Entry Draft
Like for like trades make little sense
A scout once said that Kristo had gartner like speed
I'm guessing our organisation gave up on the kid for whatever reason.
If thats the case Thomas seems to be a decent return. 2" will not make you more or less a player, not in the 5'9" - 5'11" range.
Just curious - how many Bulldogs in the past decade scored 19 goals as rookies before the age of 21? I know...immaterial because the kid is 5-9...Gionta and DD will be Habs for at least another decade.....maybe two.
I think age has a lot to do with this move. Kristo was going to be UFA with arbitration rights after this season. He is 23.
Thomas is 21, and showed promise in the AHL, whereas Kristo showed little that would make us think he will be ready to hit the NHL within a year or so, giving us less than three years of this guy before he goes UFA.
I am not saying I would have made this trade, but age and contract status definitely are part of the mix.
It probably does add some flexibility moving forward. A lot of people expected too much from Kristo, he has the talent but dominating the NCAA as a senior doesn't mean you are ready for the NHL. If anything he looked worse than the younger Hudon and Collberg in his AHL trial, as small as that sample size was.
what a bunch of whiny little complainers on here.people acting like they actually know something about hockey?it seems that 95 % of the posters on here cant go a week without crying about the habs.i wonder why all you babies aren't workin in "the "show"?we all know kristo has some mental issues so i'm not surprised at all by this.but what do i know ? i'm just a hack hiding behind my computer and dont have a days worth of experience working in or for an nhl team.