Klim Kostin, a highly regarded forward prospect who was selected by the St. Louis Blues with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2017 draft, is set to join the NHL club for the stretch run after spending most of the shortened 2020-21 season overseas.
Kostin, 21, stayed in Russia with Omsk Avengard of the Kontinental Hockey League until the team finished its season earlier this week. It's safe to say it was a rewarding experience — the club won its first-ever Gagarin Cup, the KHL equivalent of the Stanley Cup. Kostin got off to a slow start but ultimately tallied seven goals and 11 assists over 43 regular-season games. He was one of Avangard's most impactful players in the postseason, scoring five goals with four assists in 24 games.
The Blues announced Saturday that Kostin will arrive in St. Louis Tuesday and will initially be assigned to the taxi squad. He'll be required to quarantine before he can start practicing and make his case for a spot in the lineup.
Kostin made his NHL debut last season, scoring one goal in four games with the Blues.