Rangers and Habs swap prospects

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Trades aren’t always about the big names, sometimes it’s the prospects that change places.

The New York Rangers have traded forward Christian Thomas to the Montreal Canadiens for forward Danny Kristo.

Thomas played one game with New York last season and had no points. He spent most of last season with the Connecticut Whale in the AHL and did well in his first professional season scoring 19 goals with 16 assists.

As a 5′ 9″ 170-pound forward, he won’t do much to make the jokes about small forwards in Montreal go away. Thomas was a second-round pick by New York in 2010.

Kristo, meanwhile, had a big season in his senior year at the University of North Dakota finishing tied for second in the nation in points with 52. He was also second in the country in goals scored with 26 and was a Hobey Baker Top 10 finalist. At 5’11” 185, he’s a slick, speedy winger with an obvious knack for the net.

Kristo helped Team USA’s World Junior team win gold in 2010 and was on the bronze medal-winning World Championships team this year. He was a second-round pick by Montreal in 2008.