Blues Sign Young Forward Off Entry-Level Deal

The St. Louis Blues signed Klim Koskin, their 2017 first round pick to a one-year deal worth $750,000. He will still be a restricted free agent after the season is over with potentially more room to advance up the lineup.

Kostin should get a much better chance this season and play the full year with the Blues as David Perron left a hole in the top-9 and Kostin is no longer waiver exempt. He is projected to start on a line with Brayden Schenn and Ivan Barbashev, but it is still very early and we aren't even at training camp yet.

Last season Kostin played 40 games for the Blues, scoring four goals and nine points. He also played 17 games in the AHL where he only scored three goals and three assists. He will need to watch how many penalties he takes and should get a nice boost playing in a top-9 where all nine of them scored at least 20 goals. It is a big season for Kostin, as he can prove he can play alongside good players and be a part of the Blues' future.

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