Where Are They Now? – Kostitsyn Brothers

Anybody who has been a supporter of the Montreal Canadiens since at least 2010 will remember the Belarus-born brothers Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn. The older of the siblings, Andrei, was drafted 10th overall in the 1st round of the 2003 NHL Entry draft by the Habs. Two years later at the 2005 draft, his younger brother Sergei followed along into Montreal, being selected 200th overall in the 7th round. The two went on to play a combined 534 regular season games and 59 playoff games for the bleu, blanc, et rouge between 2005 until 2012.

Photo: NHL.com

Photo: NHL.com

Andrei Kostitsyn
Position: Left Wing
Birthplace:
Novopolotsk, Belarus
Age:
30
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
214
Drafted:
10th Overall (1st Round) / 2003 – Montreal

After an outstanding 15 points in 6 games showing at the 2003 IIHF U-18 Ice Hockey Championships with Belarus, Andrei Kostitsyn was selected 10th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The 2003 draft was a strong one, with notable names being selected before him including Marc-Andre Fleury (1st overall), Eric Staal (2nd), Thomas Vanek (5th), Ryan Suter (7th), and Dion Phaneuf (9th). Unfortunately, players selected afterwards that are still producing in the NHL include Ryan Getzlaf, Brent Seabrook, Zach Parise, Shea Weber, etc… Regardless, at the time Andrei Kostitsyn was a solid pick and was expected to go even higher than 10th overall according to some analysts.

Andrei Kostitsyn would report to camp in time for the 2004-05 season where he spent the entire season with their then-AHL affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs. The next season, he spent the majority in Hamilton as well with the exception of 12 games played with the Canadiens. He would spend one more year split between Hamilton and Montreal before securing a full-time spot on the roster in the 2007-08 season. His first full season in the National Hockey League was a 53-point campaign.

Andrei recorded 99 goals and 111 assists for 210 points in 379 regular season games for the Canadiens. In February of 2012, his career in Montreal came to an end when he was traded to the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2nd round pick (2013) and a 5th round pick (2013).

What would become of that trade?
2nd Round Pick (2013): LW Jacob de la Rose – 34th overall
5th Round Pick (2013): Cancellation of conditional 5th round pick from Hal Gill trade

Where is Andrei Kostitsyn now?

Andrei Kostitsyn would actually only play in Nashville for the remainder of the 2011-12 season which included 19 regular season and 8 playoff games. In 2012, the Predators had no interest in having Andrei back so he returned to Europe to play for the Traktor Chelyabinsk of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Over two and a half season in Russia’s top league, Andrei found the back of the net 28 times while assisting on 28 goals in 111 games for the Traktor Chelyabinsk. In October of 2014 he was traded to HC Sochi and finished off the 2014-15 season with a KHL career high 35 points in 50 games. Between Traktor Chelyabinsk and HC Sochi, he has 87 points in 148 games since returning to Russia. He has also represented his home country Belarus at the IIHF World Championships twice since his departure from Montreal.

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Photo: NHL.com

Photo: NHL.com

Sergei Kostitsyn
Position: Left Wing
Birthplace:
Novopolotsk, Belarus
Age:
28
Height:
6’0″
Weight:
196
Drafted:
200th Overall (7th Round) / 2005 – Montreal

Sergei Kostitsyn, like his older brother was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens. But unlike his older brother Andrei, he was not a top ten pick. Rather, far from it. Sergei was drafted in the 7th round of the seven round-2005 NHL Entry Draft, a draft that Habs fans hold close to their hearts since Carey Price was drafted 5th overall.

Sergei reported to the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League for two outstanding seasons after being drafted out of Europe by Montreal.  Sergei recorded 78 points in 63 games in his OHL rookie year, followed by a 131-point performance in his sophomore year. His Junior A campaign impressed the Habs’ staff enough to call him up to play 52 games in Montreal and 22 in Hamilton in a 27 point NHL rookie season. For the final two seasons of his career in Montreal (2008-09 & 2009-10), he would play 16 games each in Hamilton along with 56 and 47 games respectively in Montreal.

Sergei recorded 24 goals and 44 assists for 68 points in 155 games for Montreal, each season declining in points. Along with his declining numbers, he did run into issues with the team. In September of 2009, he was suspended indefinitely by the Canadiens for refusing to report to their American Hockey League affiliates in Hamilton and demanded to be traded. It was not long later that he did finally report to Hamilton, but he went on to walk away from the team after only 5 games forcing the team to suspend him again. For a second time, Sergei came back and agreed to spend time in Hamilton and was recalled to Montreal after 16 games. Fast-forward a few months to May, 2010: former-Habs coach Jacques Martin effectively told Sergei to stay off of the ice for practice, basically ending his time playing time in Montreal. As a result, the Canadiens traded Sergei Kostitsyn after the 2009-10 season to the Nashville Predators where he signed a 1-year deal with days later in exchange for the negotiating rights of Dan Ellis and Dustin Boyd.

What would become of that trade?
G – Dan Ellis: Did not come to an agreement with the Habs, signed with the Lightning on a
2-year deal.
C – Dustin Boyd: Agreed to a 1-year deal with Montreal. Only played 10 games in Montreal and
47 games in Hamilton before heading to the KHL.

Where is Sergei Kostitsyn now?

Sergei Kostitsyn spent two full seasons of 75+ games each in Nashville, and then a third entire season but only 46 games due to the 2012-13 lockout that delayed the start of the season. After the season, Sergei returned once again to Europe to play for Avangard Omsk in Russia’s KHL, the team he played for during the duration of the 2012-13 NHL lockout. He played there for two seasons until 2014, racking up 62 points in 81 games. He then left the team for Ak Bars Kazan in the KHL where he recorded 27 points in the 2014-15 season. Currently, the 28-year old should be participating with Ak Bars Kazan during the 2015-16 season, the last year of his current contract.

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