Don't get how as a Rangers fan you aren't ecstatic about this move! Kristo's playmaking abilities and speed are on par with the best in the NCAA, and he's got a nice shot too. Christian Thomas was a one-dimensional scorer, Kristo is a physical kid who works his ass off and throws his body around ON TOP of having the same sort of scoring ability. Thomas was never going to make it with this team, since he's got a top 6 skillset but not top 6 ability. Kristo can fit into a 3rd line role. He'll start with Hartford but I wouldn't be surprised at all to see him play at least a game or two with the Rangers this season.
I remembering watching Kristo on the WJC and on televised ND Games. Each time I thought, "Rangers need to get this kid"! Watching him on ND, he carried his team, hands down best player! Kristo works as hard as hell, could see him being a Callahan type player.
I really liked Thomas as a prospect early on, though much like Bourque, as he matured, I was less and less confident that he'd make it to the NHL.
Thomas is small. Not very quick. He has the great shot. One dimensional.
You need to have players who can skate. Two way players. Hard working skill guys. The days of having a fourth line just to give the other forwards a rest are long gone. Like the Hawks where all 12 forwards can skate and play.
Kristo is a right-handed shot like Thomas. AV likes the righty shots on the PP.
Thomas was never going to get a shot here, not with Zucc, Kredier, and even Miller all ahead of him. No way was he going to take a roster spot from one of them. Maybe he turns into a Nigel Dawes or maybe a PA Parenteau... time will tell. From what it sounds like Kristo could be a kid who gets called up if needed and gets a chance, but offers more than a shot. We made out very well last time we traded with Montreal, hope lightning strikes twice.
Me too. The same people that complain about our lack of depth on the 3rd and 4th lines are the one's complaining in this thread. I think some people just want to complain for no reason.
Kristo will be a Ranger at some point next season and if he plays like he did at North Dakota he will be a fan favorite.
Christan Thomas will be a great AHL player next season. I like Thomas and he might be a good NHL player someday but it won't be next year. Kristo has the potential to play on the 3rd line. Callahan and Hagelin are going to miss the first 4 weeks. A guy like Kristo might be playing on the 3rd or 4th line to start the season. Would Thomas be playing in that role?