Captain Phasma – Klim Kostin
Captain Phasma ended up being a rather controversial character in The Force Awakens. She was heavily hyped and marketed by the Disney/Lucasfilm team. However, her time in the film was limited.
While some, including myself, enjoyed the look of the character, there was a little bit of a feeling of being misled. There was a lot of hype, but not enough substance.
So, enters Klim Kostin. Kostin was the player drafted with the choice obtained in a trade that sent Ryan Reaves to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Even without the Reaves part of the equation, Kostin has not really lived up to what we hoped. Place the blame on the media or the fans, but the reality is we expected too much right from the beginning.
Like Phasma, Kostin was seen as the shiny new toy the Blues were going to be able to utilize sooner than later. Even those that told ourselves not to expect much due to the age and culture change have been a tiny bit let down.
Through 25 games in the AHL, Kostin only has two goals and 11 points. Those are pretty humble beginnings if he is going to amount to what some thought he could be in the NHL.
None of this is meant to bag on him too much. As stated, some of the blame is with fans and media. However, it was hard not to get excited that he wanted to be in St. Louis and wanted to play in America right away. Some of us just took that personal confidence and translated it into on-ice production before it was time.
Perhaps, like Phasma, he’ll have a little more of a part to play in the second half of the story. Time will tell.
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