Kristo impresses

Looks like Trevor Timmins and his staff found another gem.

Courtesy of Cory Kornelsen, editor of McKeen’s Hockey, this assessment of Danny Kristo. The Canadiens first pick (second round, 56th overall) in the June draft, Kristo – a 5’9", 180-pound native of Edina, Minn. who turned 18 a few days before the draft – is playing RW for the Omaha Lancers of the USHL and will be going to the University of North Dakota next season..

With Patrick Marleau-like speed, Kristo has the real potential of tearing up the USHL .. has phenomenal speed, generated even though he is slightly upright in his skating .. has good acceleration with the puck and can beat the best USHL defensemen wide with his speed with seeming ease and drive the net, but typically does so after having built up some momentum through the neutral zone .. a smooth stickhandler who handles the puck with confidence, because he knows it’ll stay on his stick .. adept at drawing the puck back into his body with toe drags .. demonstrates excellent agility with tight, quick circles and pivots with the puck in order to ditch opponents .. is almost like a running back in some of the shiftiness and shuffles he can display and does not always rely on his pure speed .. soft hands for fielding passes and quickly transitioning to shots .. has a hard wristshot and can fire it in stride .. passing game was inconsistent, and did not demonstrate he has a natural finishing ability, either .. more adept at skating the puck than distributing, and teammates would be wise to trail for the rebound opportunities he’ll create all season .. in 2007-08, he scored 21 goals and 17 assists in 55 games for USNTDP U-18 .. committed to University of North Dakota .. 2008 USHL Fall Classic stats: 3-1-3-4, 2 pim.

Additional Comments by Max Giese
Arguably the most impressive player at the Fall Classic .. like a
racecar, Kristo is explosive and loves speed .. has lightning quick
feet with the ability to accelerate by multiple opponents easily at
this level .. exciting in one-on-one situations with quick hands and
commanding lateral bursts of speed that keep defenders guessing .. his
bread and butter is gaining a head of stream through the neutral zone
before attacking defenders with every intention of shooting the puck ..
can release his quick and accurate shot at full flight .. his
playmaking skills leave room for improvement, as he doesn’t utilize his
linemates well .. needs to develop his lower gears and manufacture more
offense from deep within the opponent’s zone .. defensively, he has a
great stick in traffic and is always buzzing around the puck .. an
effective penalty killer that once nearly killed a penalty all on his
own by holding onto the puck and skating laps around the opponents
multiple times .. fearless and seemingly finds another gear of speed
before absorbing a hit so he can slide through and retain possession ..
not big and obviously in need of more strength, but he has a great work
ethic and is rarely taken off his feet .. a dominant player that should
be in the NCAA right now.


  1. Blitzen says:

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  2. 24 Cups says:

    Sounds good, except for the 5’9′ aspect – I thought this guy was suppose to be 5’11’. We don’t have many young prospects on RW so it’s good to see that Kristo is a possibility. I’m also hoping that the Habs will give serious consideration to moving Subban up to RW from defense. But that’s another story for another time.

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  3. P.Royfan says:

    you are correct even timmins at the draft said that kristo was gonna be a long term project…

  4. nightmare_49 says:

    Chris – I agree, in the assessment what worries me is that problem most U.S. forwards have is that they play like individuals and it looks like he’s in the Phil Kessel mould with a bit more defence. First of all he has to bulk up cuz he has the edge from what i hear. Interesting prospect.

  5. Chris says:

    I trust Timmins’ judgement pretty unreservedly, but while reading that scouting evaluation the one thing that stood out to me is that his whole game is based on speed. I suspect this means he will be a few years away from the NHL, as it will take him a bit longer to adjust to the fact that each level in his development brings with it faster, bigger and stronger opponents. Just like it takes the power forwards some years to become used to the physical strength of professional players, it also takes young speedsters a little while to sort out how to be effective when the opposition’s speed begins to nullify your single greatest asset.

  6. habs domain says:

    nice to know we have a good developmental system and that Timmons is such an astute master of hockey talent.

  7. SlovakHab says:

    Martin StLouis kind of player?

    We’ll see 5-6 years down the road, not sooner I guess..

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    As for Kristo, it sounds like he hogs the puck way too much. I’m glad he has speed and skills, but it’s unacceptable to kill a penalty all by yourself without passing, even if you can. If he tries that outside of the USHL, he’ll be flattened — especially with his size.

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  9. HabFab says:

    Kristo has 1G + 5A in his first 5 games as a rookie in the USHL,maybe he learned something at Prospects camp.

  10. Robert L says:

    Phil Kessel has 5 goals right now!

    When a player is scouted, I think the three most important factors are skating ability, hockey sense, and character – things that cannot be taught. The remaining skills and traits can be developed. Sounds like he’s starting off with a good package. Might need to be stretched a fed a whole lotta pasta!

  11. krob1000 says:

    And last year he was in the doghouse and a healthy scratch at times. You are right about the scouting thing…not that I have any experience at all but if I did those would be what I was looking for….included in hockey sense would be quick decision making…the quicker the better. This is what I am most impressed about Tanguay with…..he has decisions made before the puck gets to him…truly incredible, Sergei is up there as is Koivu, Kovy, Pleks, but the more I watch Tanguay the more I am respecting his mental dominance. He appears to see things not only quick but clearly before they happen. The amount of times he threads needles on passes or plays the puck to guys who don’t even know they are going to be open is amazing. All those years in Colorado I hardly got to see him but wow!! You want to talk about hockey sense……his hockey IQ is off the charts….and I don’t find him reluctant to battle like people said either.
    Those traits you mention also must include creativity as too many players have hockey sense in that they see what “should happen” ….then the creative thinkers like Tanguay’s, Kovy’s, Saku’s,etc rearrange the future on them and make them victims of conformity.

  12. DMAN says:

    Does anyone know if Trunev actually came to the CHL? I know he was drafted in the Import Draft. I actually thought there may have been some NHL potential in this guy as well.
    On another note. I live in Sault Ste Marie, ON and my Greyhounds got a chance to play against Montreal Prospect Jason Missiaien (spelling?). He played real well until the 3rd period when he allowed 4 goals and the Greyhounds completed a come from behind 4-3 victory over the Petes.

  13. Wops says:

    CH is for Chris Higgins

  14. HabFab says:

    Further to what Wops posted below ;Trunev is in the KHL still with 1G + 1A in 5 games along with 2G + 3A in 3 games with their farm team. But as Timmins feared, is diffinently not being used much ,playing limited time in only 1/3 of his teams games.

  15. Tom S. says:

    Roadrunner v2.0?? Great to read about his skillset. He size concerns me too, however. I guess we’ll just take a wait-and-see attitude.

  16. sidhu says:

    I don’t follow the West as closely, but Marleau-speed – is that a compliment?

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