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Klim Kostin

 

Klim Kostin, RW

Shoots: L

Height: 6-3

Weight: 196

Born: 1999-05-05

Hometown:  Penza, RUS

Drafted: 1st round 2017 31st overall STL

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

March 2018 – Kostin continues to find his footing in the AHL, his first season in North America. The Russian has put up 22 points in 56 games, the vast majority being assists with 16. He's spent periods of this season up and down the lineup from first line duties to the fourth line. Kostin doesn't shy away from the physical play and battling for the puck along the boards. The forward has a hard shot but occasionally goes through spans of not using it enough. At just 18 the tools to be a great player are there but it's going to take at least another full season in the AHL for a more complete game to form. Josh Epstein

December 2017 – Kostin has been transferred to Russia in order for him to play in the World Junior Championships.  Before the transfer to Russia, Kostin has played 26 games in the AHL for the San Antonio Rampage. He has a respectable two goals and nine assists. Doug Abrams

September 2017 – Kostin is having a superb preseason and training camp.  He is creating tremendous buzz among the coaching staff and hockey community, laying big hits and holding his own in bouts.  The St. Louis Blues need more team toughness and the organization is aware of that fact. Doug Abrams

 

March 2017 – Kostin is a big strong powerful offensive winger with a high skill set and excellent skating ability. The Russian factor should play heavily in his draft status as the CHL first overall pick in 2016 refused to report to the Kootenay Ice which should raise some red flags. Kostin has also been plagued by inconsistency, at times showing flashes of dominant upside drawing comparisons to the likes of Evgeni Malkin, and also going through uninspiring stretches where he is difficult to find in the game and has little to no impact. Kostin did come to North America to play for Russia in the Super Series but was not as dominant a factor as projected posting two points in five games, as a result he was left of the Russian World Junior team and not even invited to the pretournament selection roster. In 18 combined regular season games in three Russian leagues including the KHL, he managed just one goal and one assist before season ending injury. All in all he entered the season as a potential top ten prospect for the 2017 draft and had a very disappointing season.

Still considered a first-round pick but has some serious red flags on his file and comes with boom or bust buyer beware conditions.  Peter Harling

 

Fantasy Outlook: B

Top nine forward with more seasoning. 

 

Footage:

Klim Kostin 2015-16 highlights:

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