Kostento saves a shot against the QMJHL All-Stars this winter. (Photo by QMJHL)
In the last three NHL Drafts, the Washington Capitals have selected European goaltenders past the fourth round. In 2010, it was German product Philipp Grubauer. In 2011, it was Norwegian Steffen Soberg. This year, it was Russian Sergei Kostenko.
Washington selected Kostenko, who grew up playing with current Capital Dmitry Orlov in their hometown of Novokuznetsk, with the 203rd overall pick on Saturday. Kostenko, 19, spent last season playing with Novokuznetsk’s minor league team, where he posted a 2.47 GAA and .897 save percentage in 40 games. So what did that Capitals like about him?
“Very athletic, very competitive, we have seen him before in the past,” said Director of Amateur Scouting Ross Mahoney on Saturday. “He played well with Russia’s under 20 team when they came across and did the Subway Series, basically ending up as the third goalie on the World Junior team. We’ve been tracking him ...