“I established myself as an offensive defensemen last year but I take pride in playing an all-around game and don’t just play one end of the ice,’’ Kostka said. “Obviously, it’s always been my goal to play in the NHL.”
Kotska surviving the recent roster cuts indicates he could have made the team. Kostka led the Rochester Americans in points last season. At 25 he has little left to prove at the AHL level which could lead the team to keep him around as a spare defender.