Kostenko is a very active and assertive defenseman, using his light feet and agility to move quickly in all directions. His edgework is impressive, as he can spin and curl to stay slippery and avoid pressure. He loves to roam and stay in motion, looking for opportunities to become a bigger part of the play,…
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Kostenko is a very active and assertive defenseman, using his light feet and agility to move quickly in all directions. His edgework is impressive, as he can spin and curl to stay slippery and avoid pressure. He loves to roam and stay in motion, looking for opportunities to become a bigger part of the play, both offensively and defensively. He may project more as an offensive defender due to how quickly he can join the rush, how well he can handle the puck, and the pace he maintains. With the puck on his stick, what stands out the most with Kostenko is his footwork and ability to pull away from checks using his edgework. His ability to play on his edges factors positively into his transitional ability while carrying the puck out of his own zone and through the neutral zone, while also allowing him to open up shooting lanes while walking the offensive blue line. He uses his arm well to hold off the attacker as he slides down the boards. He’s very poised and shows an ability to draw attackers in, utilizing his long reach to get a pass off to safety in open ice. He has a strong, wide, full extensions in his skating after he gets going. Could stand to add a little bit more flex in his ankles, but there is some bend. While Kostenko’s edgework is sound, his ability to quickly start-and-stop is slightly lacking, oftentimes showing a bit of choppiness to his skating stride while accelerating. While defending, he controls his gaps well, however, there are instances where he plants his feet while defending one-on-one which can result in him getting beat while defending in his own zone or while defending the rush. Kostenko displays efficient passing ability while moving the puck, though there are times where he misses his mark and causes turnovers in the neutral zone. His assertiveness can get him in trouble at times, as he can take himself out of position by trying to do too much, but it should be fixable because he seems to process the game quickly. He reacts quickly to what’s happening around him, allowing him to stay involved in the play. He’s primarily a stick-on-puck defender because he doesn’t have a lot of muscle mass to work with, though he does compete fairly well in his assignments.