From the time Danny Kristo was a young boy, his hero was the now St. Louis Blues prospect, TJ Oshie. Both Oshie and Kristo played high school hockey in Minnesota, and Kristo plans to follow in Oshie’s footsteps by playing for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux starting in the fall of 2009. However, this week, Kristo’s mind is pre-occupied with events north of the border — the US NTDP winger will be listening for an NHL team to call his name in Ottawa at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Expected to be a second or third-round selection, the scouting report on Kristo is that he is a very speedy right-handed shot who has a very high hockey IQ, and an excellent work ethic. Although he needs to get stronger and develop more of a two-way game, Kristo is a hot prospect and likely to be the first US NTDP player drafted by an NHL team this year.
Kristo has for years stood out among his age group. The former Eden Prairie High School winger was a top scorer among Minnesota high school freshmen during the 2005-06 season (39 points in 27 games). Kristo first came to the attention of scouts at the 2006 Select 15s because of his skating and creativity with the puck. It was after that event that the young forward received an invitation to try out for the US NTDP.