Klim Kostin
Klim Kostin
20-Year-Old Right WingRW
St. Louis Blues
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Blues' 2017 first-round pick (31st overall) continues to toil in the minors with no end in sight. The 20-year-old has generated 52 points and a minus-34 rating in 133 minor league games, and his knack for physicality has landed him 174 PIM in that span. Kostin clearly would like to elevate to the big club, especially after seeing fellow first-round pick Robert Thomas have so much success, but his game simply isn't ready to make the leap. The Russian center is likely two years out of a roster spot with the Blues, but the team needs to be careful of losing the youngster back to the KHL. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Blues in July of 2017.
Sent to minors
RWSt. Louis Blues  Minors
September 29, 2019
Kostin was dropped to AHL San Antonio on Sunday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
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Kostin will suit up in the AHL for the third straight season after being drafted 31st overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 20-year-old forward had an impressive preseason with six points in four games but it wasn't enough to earn him an NHL roster spot heading into the regular season.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
The top-ranked European player from the 2017 NHL Draft, Kostin had high expectations from the beginning. However, the 19-year-old was immediately placed in a difficult spot with AHL San Antonio -- a shared affiliate with Colorado. This meant the Blues' need to develop Kostin wasn't always fulfilled, and he was often placed in the bottom six, recording six goals, 28 points and 72 PIM in 57 games. The Blues will be San Antonio's only parent club in 2018-19, which will give Kostin the top-six minutes he needs to truly adjust to the North American game. When he gets there, the 6-foot-3, 212-pound center has the looks of a power forward with the ability to leverage his creativity to make plays on his own.
Kostin’s road to St. Louis was a bit of a strange one. The Penguins bizarrely dealt the final pick of the 2017 draft’s first round to the Blues for enforcer Ryan Reaves, and that pick was promptly used on Kostin -- then under contract with HC Dynamo Moscow of the WHL. The Russian club proceeded to change ownership and release all the players on its roster, allowing Kostin to sign his entry-level deal with the Blues in July. The 18-year-old forward was the highest-rated European skater in the 2017 draft, yet worries about his WHL contract and a lingering shoulder injury caused him to fall to the end of the first round. Kostin has shown well in junior tournaments, and his pro experience will do him some good, but the Blues have a strong forward corps already, so there’s no need to rush him into the lineup and possibly stunt his growth. He’s expressed a strong preference to avoid playing in Canadian juniors (WHL Kootenay holds his rights), so an AHL role may be on tap for most of 2017-18. Keeper-league owners should take notice of his progress as the season progresses.
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Enjoying excellent preseason
RWSt. Louis Blues  Minors
September 28, 2019
Kostin recorded three goals and three assists through four preseason games.
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Among Black Aces call-ups
RWSt. Louis Blues  Minors
April 22, 2019
Kostin was recalled from AHL San Antonio on Monday as part of the club's Black Aces. In addition, forwards Jordan Nolan and Austin Poganski and defensemen Chris Butler, Niko Mikkola, Mitch Reinke and Jake Walman have been promoted from the minors.
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AHL struggles continue
RWSt. Louis Blues  Minors
March 13, 2019
Kostin scored his eighth goal of the season in AHL San Antonio's 4-1 loss to Iowa on Tuesday.
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Finishes WJC with six points
RWSt. Louis Blues  Minors
January 8, 2019
Kostin scored three goals and added three assists in seven games while leading Team Russia to the bronze medal in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.
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Heads to World Juniors
RWSt. Louis Blues  Minors
December 17, 2018
Kostin was loaned from AHL San Antonio to Team Russia for the World Junior Championship, Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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