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Kostin makes NHL debut Saturday

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Klim Kostin made his much-anticipated NHL debut on Saturday night against the Anaheim Ducks.

He played 11 minutes and 45 seconds, recording two shots and four hits.

Kostin, who was drafted by the Blues in the first round (No. 31 overall) in the 2017 NHL Draft, was recalled from the San Antonio Rampage on Wednesday. In 14 games in the American Hockey League this season, he has recorded eight points (three goals, five assists).

"He's an NHL skater. He's got an NHL shot… and he's a big guy," Blues Head Coach Craig Berube said after a team practice at Centene Community Ice Center on Thursday. "He just has to keep it simple, forechecking and getting to the net, being physical, things like that. His game has to be simple. And if he keeps it simple, he can be a good player."

Kostin was a bright spot for the Blues in the preseason, earning playing time in five exhibition games. He led the Blues in goals (three) and shared the team lead in points (six).

In just over two seasons with the San Antonio Rampage, Kostin has played in 147 games, recording 19 goals and 41 assists (60 points).

Kostin is a native of Penza, Russia and represented his country at the 2019 World Junior Championships, where he helped the club capture a bronze medal.

Kostin's dad, Sergei, who has been living with his son in San Antonio, attended Saturday's game at Enterprise Center.

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