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Montreal Canadiens prospect Dmitri Kostenko gets shockingly blasted by his GM


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Samer Dagher
July 8, 2024  (4:04 PM)
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It's rare to hear a general manager speak so harshly about a player, especially one with potential for the NHL. However, Sergei Gusev, the GM of Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk in Russia's VHL, didn't hold back when talking about Montreal Canadiens prospect Dmitri Kostenko.

According to a recent report from French-language website TVA Sport, Gusev shared some scathing comments about Kostenko, who played just one season under him. Kostenko, a former Canadiens 3rd round pick in 2021 (87th overall), left a strong impressionóbut not a good one.
"He will never make it [to the NHL]," said Gusev as per TVA Sports.

If that wasn't bad enough, Gusev continued with more criticisms.
"He doesn't want to learn, he just wants to do his own thing," said Gusev with disgust. "You tell him to pass the puck across the ice and he will give the puck to the opponent anyways."

Gusev also criticized Kostenko's attitude, especially when things don't go his way.
"On top of it, if you don't put him on the power play he pouts," added Gusev. "He won't saying anything but you can see it in his body language, he drives me crazy, seriously."

Gusev further revealed that Nick Bobrov, Montreal Canadiens' co-director of amateur scouting, shared similar concerns about Kostenko's development.
"I told him the same things," said Gusev of his conversations with Bobrov. "Bobrov told me that from his end that he had been following this kid for two years and that nothing had changed. I wasn't surprised to hear that."

Given these harsh assessments, Gusev doesn't believe the Canadiens will sign Kostenko to any deal in the future.
Credit: hockeyfeed
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