The New York Rangers agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Danny Kristo, the team announced Thursday.
Kristo, 24, skated in 65 games with Hartford of the American Hockey League this past season, registering 25 goals and 18 assists for 43 points, along with 18 penalty minutes. He led the team -- and tied for seventh among AHL rookies -- in goals, tied for second on the team in power-play goals (seven), ranked third in points, and finished fifth in shots on goal (146).
The 6-foot-0, 195-pounder has skated in 74 career AHL games, registering 25 goals and 21 assists for 46 points, along with 20 penalty minutes.
Kristo played four seasons at the University of North Dakota, where he tallied 68 goals and 93 assists for 161 points, and posted a plus-48 rating in 157 games.
The Edina, Minn., native has represented Team USA in numerous tournaments, including most recently at the 2013 IIHF World Championship, where he tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in 10 games to help the U.S. capture a bronze medal. Kristo also won a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship, where he registered eight points (five goals, three assists) and posted a plus-five rating in seven games.
Kristo was acquired from Montreal in exchange for Christian Thomas on July 2, 2013. He was originally selected by the Canadiens in the second round (56th overall) of the 2008 draft.