Monday, July 30, 2012

Capitals Sign Kostenko

Capitals 2012 draft pick Sergey Kostenko was signed to an AHL contract over the weekend. It is a one year deal and he will be with the Hershey Bears for the 2012-2013 season.

Kostenko was taken in the seventh of the draft this year. The goaltender had a 2.98 Goals Against Average and an .897 save percentage in 40 games in the Russian junior league.

Last season, the Capitals weren't really sure who their starting goalie was. At the beginning of the season, it looked as though it was going to be either Braden Holtby or Michael Neuvirth. Then Tomas Vokun stepped up and played in 48 games and had a 25-17-2 record. Vokun finished up the regular season with a 2.51 GAA and a .917 save percentage.

In the postseason, however, it was all Braden Holtby. He did well, too. He finished the postseason with a 1.95 GAA and a .935 save percentage.

If Braden Holtby can play in the regular season like he did in the postseason, he'll easily keep the starting spot. Inconsistency was bit of an issue for the all of the Capitals goaltenders last season. The Capitals have two very capable goaltenders. All they need is a little consistency.

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