Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin was believed to be on the lookout for a veteran forward with some grit to add depth to his lineup heading into the playoffs. But no deals were announced at the NHL trade deadline.
On Tuesday, Bergevin acquired defenceman Davis Drewiske from the Los Angeles Kings for a fifth-round draft pick. Drewiske was slated to start on the third pairing in a game Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
The 22-year-old Kristo, who had 25 goals and 52 points in 40 games at North Dakota University this season, will report to the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. He finished the NCAA season tied for second in scoring.
The Edina, Minn. native was named as a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the best player in U.S. university hockey, but did not make it to the top three.
Montreal selected the five-foot-11 forward in the second round of the 2008 draft.
The Canadiens also announced that fourth-line winger Colby Armstrong will likely be out for the rest of the regular season with a knee injury suffered in a 4-1 victory Monday night against Carolina. Coach Michel Therrien hopes to have him back for the playoffs.