A look at Danny Kriston, Nick Bjugstad, and Jacob Trouba.
This week I take a break from looking at players who will be drafted in a few months. Instead, I’ll take a closer look at three great young prospects who recently signed contracts this week after the completion of the NCAA season. Of course, the focus will be on what fantasy owners should expect this season and next.
Danny Kristo – Montreal Canadiens
The Habs were quiet on deadline day, opting not to make any trades after acquiring defenseman Davis Drewiske the day before. However they did sign University of North Dakota's Danny Kristo to a two-year deal worth $1.75 million.
The 5-11, 187 pound winger from Eden Prairie, Minnesota was drafted by the Canadiens in 2008, 56th overall. Kristo finished the season tied for second in the NCAA Division I scoring leaders, tied with Ryan Walters with 52 points. Unsigned Rylan Schwartz, the younger brother of St. Louis Blues prospect Jaden, finished on top with 53 points.
Kristo is somebody who has been on fantasy owners radar for the past couple years. He has an impressive resume including a NCAA (WCHA) championship win, an NCAA (WCHA) rookie of the year award, a world junior gold medal from 2010 and top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award this season.