June 18, 1990|
Eden Prairie, Minnesota, U.S.
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers|
Hartford Wolf Pack
|National team||United States|
56th overall, 2008|
Kristo was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens, 56th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He played college hockey with the University of North Dakota in the NCAA Men's Division I WCHA conference. In his senior year, Kristo's outstanding play was rewarded with a selection to the 2012–13 All-WCHA First Team.
On July 2, 2013, Kristo was traded, by the Canadiens, to the New York Rangers for right winger Christian Thomas. On August 19, 2014, the Rangers announced that they had re-signed Kristo, who was a restricted free agent, to a one-year $826,875 contract.
On July 2, 2015, Kristo left the Rangers as a free agent, signing a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues. In the 2015–16 season, Kristo was assigned to play with the Blues AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. In playing the entirety of the year with the Wolves, Kristo appeared in 71 games in compiling 25 goals and 48 points. On August 2, 2016, Kristo re-signed with the St. Louis Blues on a one-year, two-way contract.
In the 2016–17 season, his second year with the Wolves, Kristo had 2 assists in 8 games before he was dealt by the Blues to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for defensman Reid McNeill on November 19, 2016. Remaining in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Kristo added 6 goals and 11 points in 32 games before on February 23, 2017, he was dealt again by the Penguins to the Carolina Hurricanes along with a second round draft pick in exchange for Ron Hainsey. He played out the season with the Hurricanes AHL affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers, contributing with 10 points in 14 games.
Regular season and playoffs
|2009–10||University of North Dakota||WCHA||41||15||21||36||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||University of North Dakota||WCHA||34||8||20||28||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||University of North Dakota||WCHA||42||19||26||45||33||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||University of North Dakota||WCHA||40||26||26||52||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||65||25||18||43||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||Hartford Wolf Pack||AHL||72||22||24||46||35||15||3||3||6||2|
|2018–19||SC Rapperswil-Jona Lakers||NL||37||9||15||24||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|Representing United States|
|World Junior Championships|
|World Junior A Challenge|
|IIHF World U18 Championship|
Awards and achievements
|All-WCHA Rookie Team||2009–10|
|All-WCHA First Team||2012–13|||
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2012–13|
- "Men's WCHA awards announced". Western Collegiate Hockey Association. March 14, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
- "Rangers trade Thomas to Canadiens for Kristo". National Hockey League. July 2, 2013. Retrieved July 2, 2013.
- St. Louis Blues (July 2, 2015). "Blues agree terms with Danny Kristo". Twitter. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
- "Blues, Penguins swap minor leaguers". CBS Sports. November 19, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
- Morton, Kyle (February 23, 2017). "Trade: Hurricanes Send Hainsey to Penguins for Kristo, 2nd". Canes Country. Retrieved February 23, 2017.
- "Dinamo reach agreement with American Danny Kristo" (in Latvian). Dinamo Riga. June 30, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
- "Ben Blood". eliteprospects.com. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
- "Conference Honors, 2012-13". CollegeHockeyInc.com. March 20, 2013. Retrieved March 20, 2013.
- Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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