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Sergei Kostenko was the 203rd player selected in the 2012 NHL Draft. The Washington Capitals used their final pick, a seventh rounder to select the goalie from a junior hockey team in Russia. But on Thursday afternoon, Kostenko looked more like an NHL veteran than a 19 year old in his first NHL development camp.
Kostenko made a number of saves that had the people in the crowd's jaws hit the uncomfortable metal bleachers at Kettler Iceplex. The fans reacted with "oohs" and "ahhs" as well as a number of loud ovations for the Russian goalie.
The highlight of the Thursday scrimmage was a quick battle between first round draft choice Filip Forsberg and Sergei.
Forsberg had a breakaway opportunity and the crowd was on the edge of their seat waiting to see what the Swedish prospect would do. The Swede went for the deke and the Russian didn't budge, stonewalling the fast break attempt by Foresberg. After a moment of stunned crowd murmuring, the fans applauded the wonderful save.
Forsberg was knocked into the goalie after being pushed from behind after the shot, and the referees (or the coaches) decided to let Filip have a penalty shot. Now the crowd was ready to see what Foresberg could do.
Forsberg weaved left and right, firing a shot towards the right post. Kostenko fell to the ice, stuck out his glove hand, and caught the puck just before it crossed over the goal-line.
If you are keeping score at home that is the #203 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft 2, and the #11 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft 0. What a day for a young goalie.
Notes: Kostenko struggled in warm-ups and drills but only gave up one goal in the scrimmage and was replaced after a period and a half of work.