2017 NHL Entry Draft

Klim Kostin

KLIM KOSTINRussia

ST. LOUIS • ROUND: 1 OVERALL: 31

 

Previous Team: Moscow Dynamo (KHL)

Hockey Draft Central Ranking: No. 16

Vital Statistics

Position: C • Height: 6-3 • Weight: 183 • Shoots: Left
Birthdate: May 5, 1999 • Hometown: Penza, Russia

Additional Information

Current Status: ACTIVE | STATS
Previous Team: Balashikha MVD (MHL); Balashikha Dynamo (VHL)
First NHL Contract: Signed July 5, 2017
CHL Import Draft: Kootenay (Round 1, No. 1 overall)
Agent: Dan Milstein (Gold Star Sports Management Group)
KHL Debut: Sept. 15, 2016 (Moscow Dynamo vs. Sochi)
KHL Contract Expires: April 30, 2019

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Quotes from Major Draft Guides

• "His physical talent is elite, and he protects the puck as well as anybody. His scoring got better as the (Hlinka) tournament went on. He reminds me of Valeri Nichushkin." (Anonymous Scout, Hockey News Draft Preview)

• "This kid can flat out play. Plays a fearless style of game and makes defenders think twice when he is on the forecheck. Natural-born team player who will battle as hard as he can every shift to make a difference." (Mark Sauer, ISS Scout)

• "Obviously he’s a big-time talent, but how smart is he? Does he make others better? I don’t like him. He hardly has the puck because he doesn’t support pucks, he turns away from the play consistently." (Anonymous Scout, Recrutes.ca)

• "The tools are top-five, but I’m not sure about his hockey sense. I don’t think he made players around him much better. A lot of scouts blamed his (season-ending shoulder) injury for his (World Junior A Challenge) showing, but I wasn’t concerned about his physical play as much as I was about some of his decisions with the puck." (Mark Edwards, HockeyProspect.com Black Book)

• "Big, rangy winger with very good hands and puck-handling skills. Has long reach and uses it to keep defenders off the pucki. Slick stick-handler has a ton of subtle, intelligent moves. Hard to contain or read what directi9on he's headed. Shoots bullets and is a natural goal-scorer." (Red Line Report)