I wouldn't trade one of the top three prospects for him, but he would be a handy third-liner. I see him going to a team that has a chance to win it all this spring, if he goes anywhere at all.
Here was Corey Pronman's latest scouting report in The Athletic: "Kostin’s draft season was derailed by injuries, but he’s looked quite good this season. He had an excellent training camp with the Blues, has been fine — albeit not great — in the AHL and had an excellent world juniors. The things to get excited about are obvious. He’s a big, strong winger with skill who not only can dangle but shows the quality offensive instincts to make plays around him at high speeds and score, too. I worry about his foot speed and his defensive play, and there’s a small question in my brain about how high-end his skill is, but overall I think he’s shown why there was such optimism for him at one point."
I'm a big Taylor Hall guy. His speed would have been a huge add. But the Blues came out just fine by landing Schenn, who addressed a need position.
He plays the game hard and he puts himself into harm's way. So there is some injury risk, but I don't see him as brittle.
I imagine he'll do the chats next year as we settles in for Year 2 on the beat.
Boy, if Kostin could score like Pavelski . . . whew! Remember with Klim, we're talking about a guy who went into the AHL as a teenager. There is ample time for power skating work. With his size and his shot, he just needs to be able to get there on time.
Sure, you can win a Cup with McDavid in Edmonton. But it gets harder when you give big money to a slow winger (Lucic) just as the game speeds up. It gets harder when you don't draft elite puck-moving D-men despite picking high year after year after year after year. It gets harder when you trade a Taylor Hall for an Adam Larsson. And it gets harder when you insist on spreading what talent you do have over multiple lines at even strength, to keep any one of your forward lines from excelling.
No on both counts. Bouwmeester gets back in the lineup at Ottawa and leads on the D-men in minutes played at even strength and killing penalties. Steen won the game in Toronto and had another strong game in Ottawa. They are not going anywhere any time soon.
Actually, Yeo's 2014-15 Wild team was plodding along at 20-20-6, then finished with a 26-8-2 burst down the stretch. So what is a typical Yeo team?
Edmundson is getting paid. Not Parayko money, but I could see $4.5 million to $5 million per on his next deal. Good young D-men get paid, period.
Buyouts are bad for a franchise that fights to break even. A GM that makes hugely expensive mistakes in this for of market with an ownership group of investors (and not one insanely rich guy that doesn't care) isn't going to last long. As for this team, there are no buyout candidates. The one he had, Lehtera, he managed to ditch.
Again, I don't see a huge move because this team lacks the first-round pick that the Evander Kanes of the market will fetch.
Kyle apparently nipped Mark Borowiecki. From the Ottawa Sun: “He did, but it’s not a big deal,” said Borowiecki. “We were laughing about it after. I was over-selling it a little bit.”
I have to say, I'm not a fan on the 3-on-3 thing. Go back to playing a real game, such as it was.
He plays in all the hard situations. He's not the scorer he once was, but don't surprised if he closes the year well. If he sticks with Schenn with Schwartz return, that could be interesting.
Many elite forwards play the point on the power, particularly given all the rotation that occurs on the PP today. For instance, his near miss on the PP at Ottawa came from the right circle.
No, I see the money going up the middle at center, one way or another. Right now you are looking at Tarasenko, Schwartz, Steen, Fabbri, Thompson and Sobotka as Top 9 wingers next season. Thomas could push Berglund to the wing if he sticks as the No. 3 center.
It is not a big priority. This team has ample prospects coming. His immediate priority is improving this team, if that is possible, and then his next priority is loading up next year with a better chance to go deep in the playoffs.
I don't see why the Blues would do that, just as they are on the cusp of something potentially special.
If he wants to play in the NHL, he will get his chance to earn that. But he has four goals in 32 AHL games this season, so it's not like the Blues are holding him back unreasonably.