Habs sign forward Sergei Kostitsyn
The younger brother of Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn, Sergei has lit up the OHL in his two seasons with the London Knights.
MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Saturday the signing of forward Sergei Kostitsyn to a three-year contract (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10). As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Kostitsyn, 20, completed in 2006-07 his second season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. In 59 regular season games, he finished third in the OHL in scoring with 40 goals and 91 assists for a total of 131 points (40-91-131). He totaled 76 penalty minutes and posted the fifth best plus/minus rating in the OHL (plus-38).
A native of Novopolotsk, Belarus, Kostitsyn led the Canadian Hockey League in assists (91), and posted streaks of 19 games with at least one assist (from December 8 to February 17- 42 assists) and 25 games with at least one point (from December 8 to March 4, 20-51-71), both CHL highs in 2006-07. He also scored nine game-winning goals, third in the OHL. During the OHL playoffs, Kostitsyn collected 21 points, including nine goals, in 16 games (9-12-21).
In two full seasons with London, Kostitsyn, a 6-foot, 190-pound right winger, took part in 122 regular season contests, recording 66 goals and 143 assists for a total of 209 points (66-143-209), with 154 penalty minutes. He also posted an overall plus/minus rating of plus-33. In 35 playoff contests with the Knights, Kostitsyn collected 58 points, including 22 goals (22-36-58) and 83 penalty minutes. In 2005-06, Kostitsyn was named OHL Rookie of the Month in October and in November.
On the international scene, Kostitsyn represented Belarus in three consecutive IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships, most recently notching a goal and four assists in six games at the 2007 tournament presented in Sweden (1-4-5).
Kostitsyn was the Canadiens' sixth pick (seventh round), 200th overall, in 2005.