CHN Player of the Year: Danny Kristo
CHN Staff Report
In a year where it was next to impossible to differentiate between the top 15 players in the country, College Hockey News has selected North Dakota forward Danny Kristo as our Player of the Year.
Among the 15, some were great setup men, great faceoff men, great two-way players. Others were good finishers, or dazzling offensive weapons. Some were goaltenders on great teams, or goaltenders with somewhat lesser numbers on somewhat lesser teams.
In the end, we selected Kristo, in a tight internal vote, because he demonstrated a bit of everything, in addition to being one of the nation's top goal scorers and point getters.
The 22-year old Kristo, a native of Eden Prairie, Minn., was a second-round selection by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2008 NHL Draft.
With fellow Hobey finalist Corban Knight on his line, Kristo led North Dakota in every offensive category this year. His 26 goals are second in the nation, and he added 26 assists for 52 points. He also had the most power-play goals (6), game-wnning goals (6) and shorthanded goals (2), and led the team in plus-minus with a plus-17.
Kristo played a full four seasons at North Dakota. As a freshman, Kristo had 15 goals with nine coming on the power play, and was named WCHA Rookie of the Year. His production dropped to eight as a sophomore, then increased to 19 his junior year. He was part of a team that won three straight Broadmoor Trophies as the WCHA tournament champions.
Previous CHN Player of the Year winners
2012 Austin Smith, Colgate
2011 Matt Frattin, North Dakota
2010 Marc Cheverie, Denver
2009 Matt Gilroy, Boston University
2008 Kevin Porter, Michigan
2007 T.J. Hensick, Michigan
2006 Ryan Potulny, Minnesota