The Ones That Got Away
January 14, 2011 in 1972 Canada-Russia hockey, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers Tags: Andrei Kostitsyn, Bob Davidson, Jeff Carter, John McLellan, Mike Richards, Patrice Bergeron, Ryan Getzlaf, Sergei Kostitsyn, Shea Weber, Vladislav Tretiak, Zach Parise
Unfortunately, Andrei Kostitsyn won’t be winning the scoring championship this year as he only has a measly ten goals and thirteen assists so far.
There’s just no denying he’s one of the culprits not helping “The Team That Scoring Forgot.”
He may, however, be the best player to ever come out of Belarus, although kid brother Sergei has eleven goals in Nashville, so even that’s debatable.
The depressing facts are:
Andrei Kostitsyn was selected 10th in the 2003 draft.
After him came Jeff Carter at 11th, Zach Parise - 17th, Ryan Getzlaf - 19th, Mike Richards - 24th, Patrice Bergeron - 45th, and Shea Weber - 49th, all of whom show character whether they’re scoring or not, as opposed to Kostitsyn who is just a body who goes on the ice, skates around for a minute, and then goes off again.
This shows that scouting is not an exact science, which Bob Davidson and John McLellan could vouch for after they travelled to Russia before the 1972 Summit Series and came back saying the Russians can’t shoot and have a very weak goaltender named Vladislav Tretiak.