Jeff Costello (LW, 6’0, DOB 1990, 5-146/09; contract: unsigned)
2007-08 USHS Catholic Memorial 22-31-17-48 60pim (ppg 2.18) 1st pts
2008-09 USHL Cedar Rapids 54-24-9-33 +8 73pim (ppg 0.61) 6th all-star
2009-10 USHL Cedar Rapids 54-29-19-48 +18 149pim (ppg 0.88) 3rd all-star
2010-11 NCAA Notre Dame 44-12-6-18 -4 56pim (ppg 0.41) 11th
2011-12 NCAA Notre Dame 28-5-7-12 -6 58pim (ppg 0.42) 9th
2012-13 NCAA Notre Dame 33-11-19-30 +18 52pim (ppg 0.91) 3rd
Drafted out of the USHL (he was ranked #50 by Central Scouting), where he was a teammate with future Sens draft pick Bryce Aneloski. The hard working energy forward is coming off a breakout season with Notre Dame, both in terms of points and intangibles like plus/minus. This is his final year in the NCAA and then the Sens will have to make a decision on him, but I expect him to be signed. Costello describes himself as:
I think I’d fall as a very physical forward that likes to bang the body around. But at the same time, I have the ability to score. Not necessarily pretty goals, but I can get those dirty, greasy goals that you have to have. I like to lead by example, and really bring the physical part of the game and get a lot of that exposed out there.
WCHBlog wrote about him prior to the draft, saying:
Jeff Costello is one of the best prospects to come out of the Wisconsin high school ranks in a number of years … He was one of the top goal scorers in Wisconsin and earned a scholarship offer to play for the University of Notre Dame … Costello showed he can excel against even the best competition in the USHL with a very successful year. He finished the year tied for 17th in goal scoring in the league with 24 goals–that may not sound impressive, but the only players younger than Costello with more goals were potential first round pick Louis Leblanc, and Stanislav Galiev, who could be a first round pick next year. Costello also developed a reputation as a fan favorite with his very physical style of play. Costello has Type 1 Diabetes, which forces him to keep constant watch over his health, but he does a great job at managing it, and it has never been an issue for his hockey career. Strengths: Goal-scoring ability, physical play. Needs to Improve: Picking up assists, skating, defensive play.
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)