On Monday, the St. Louis Blues re-signed 26-year-old, unrestricted free agent forward Danny Kristo to a one-year, two-way contract. Kristo’s signing gives the Blues depth at the forward position.
The Eden Prairie, Minnesota native was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second-round (56th overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft and has yet to make his NHL debut. The knock on Kristo is that he lacks the consistency and the work ethic needed to play in the NHL.
In parts of four seasons in the American Hockey League, Kristo has played in 217 games, with three different teams, scoring 72 goals and 140 points, he’s also a plus-eight. Kristo has played in 15 Calder Cup Playoff games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, scoring three goals and six points, he was also a minus-seven.
During the 2015-16 season, Kristo was a member of the Chicago Wolves of the AHL scoring 25 goals and 48 points, he was also a minus-two. Kristo also recorded 29 penalty minutes. Last season, Kristo also led the Wolves in goal-scoring.
Prior to playing professionally, Kristo was a member of the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux. In four seasons with the Fighting Sioux, Kristo, who’s ranked 18th all-time in UND scoring played in 157 games scoring 69 goals and 161 points, he was also a plus-50. During the 2012-13 season, Kristo was a First team All-American and an All-WCHA First Team forward. Kristo tied for second in the WCHA for points with 52 and was first in goal-scoring with 26.
Eric is a 1996, 1999 graduate of the University of North Dakota. Eric covers the University of North Dakota Hockey and Division I college hockey. Eric is the Contributing Editor for Inside Hockey.