The Blues called up prospect Klim Kostin in advanced of their back-to-back games this weekend. The injury bug has been hitting so this, on top of the tryout offers extended to Troy Brouwer and Jamie McGinn, are all results of this.
They won’t commit to even playing Kostin, which seems odd given he’s one of their top prospects, but that seems to be the way the wind is blowing. I would very much like to see him in the top-6, however.
A couple days ago, it appeared that Ilya Kovalchuk’s maligned tenure with the Los Angeles Kings was coming to an end. Yesterday, coach Todd McLellan seemed to intimate that he may get back in the lineup sometime soon. Kovalchuk himself, meanwhile, has declined to speak with the media about this subject. I think the ship has long sailed on Kovy having any real fantasy value, but it appears the saga may not be wrapped up just yet.
The Habs had Jesperi Kotkaniemi return to practice, rotating in on the third line where he had been. It’s not an indication that he’ll be returning in their next game, which comes Friday in Washington.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored his sixth, seventh, and eighth goals of the month (yes, seriously), almost single-handedly giving Ottawa a 4-2 win over New Jersey. That gives Pageau 11 goals on the season, and he’s now a point-per-game player. Yes, seriously.
We should note that Sami Vatanen missed this game with an injury and Will Butcher took the top power-play role as he’s