Sergei Kostitsyn Adds Much-Needed Offense to Montreal Canadiens

November 29th, 2009 by Felix Sicard Leave a reply »
Nov. 23, 2009, was a tumultuous day for the Montreal Canadiens.

Golden boy Guillaume Latendresse was traded for Benoit Pouliot, and enfant terrible Sergei Kostitsyn was called up from Hamilton, ending a 20-game penitentiary in the minors for the disgruntled forward.

In only a few days, Kostitsyn has gone from the Hamilton Bulldogs to the top line of the Montreal Canadiens. Not bad at all, although this can be mainly attributed to all the injuries the Canadiens have faced in the past week.

In three games with the big club, the younger Kostitsyn has recorded two assists with a plus three rating. Again, not bad at all.

But past the stats, Kostitsyn is also a legitimate offensive threat who can make things happen when the puck is on his stick.

A gifted playmaker, he is also a nimble stickhandler, a skill which he put on full display last night against Washington.

However, it isn't all perfect yet.

Kostitsyn has been guilty of a few bad turnovers since his return, notably a giveaway at the blueline in Mellon Arena which resulted in a two-on-one. A boneheaded penalty in his first game back doesn't help, e ...

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