The summer before his senior season at the University of North Dakota, Danny Kristo had a decision to make.
Return to school to close out a college career that had seen equal parts success and adversity or leave to begin his pro career with the Montreal Canadiens. With Montreal entering a transitional summer during which it replaced its general manager and coaching staff, Kristo made the decision to go back to school.
A year later, Kristo is coming off a great individual seasons and is facing a prime opportunity to help the New York Rangers, who traded for the Minnesota native during the summer. The second-round pick (No. 56) of the Canadiens in 2008 enjoyed a monster senior season at North Dakota.
His 52 points were the second-highest total in the NCAA and the forward was named a first-team All-American. The Fighting Sioux were upset in the second round of the NCAA tournament by eventual champions Yale, but Kristo completed his season with a bronze medal playing for Team USA at the IIHF World Championship.