Kostka, Mike

AHL Game Night: 1-18-12 Admirals at Devils

Norfolk's d-corps continues to surpass all expectations.

NOR-5
ALB-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 4 goals on 28 shots for the win. He moved to 17-9-0 on the season for the win.

First Period
ALB Veilleux, (6) (Urbom, Berube), 5:49
NOR Fornataro, (6) (Conacher, Barberio), 14:16 (PP)
ALB Veilleux, (7) (Sestito, Whitney), 16:13
ALB Veilleux, (8) (Whitney), 18:28

Second Period
NOR Oberg, (2) (Palat, Devos), 5:21
NOR Barberio, (5) (Johnson, Gudas), 6:09
ALB Wiseman, (3) (Palmieri, Zharkov), 13:28
NOR Ouellet, (9) (Kostka, Cote), 16:12
NOR Angelidis, (8) (Kostka, Cote), 16:38

Third Period
NO SCORING

Mark Barberio and Mike Kostka were the game's second and third stars. Barberio now holds a 5 point edge in the race to be the AHL's top scoring defenseman. He has 5 goals and 37 points in 38 games. With his multi-point game tonight, Kostka has moved into the top-20 among AHL defensemen in scoring with 6 goals and 20 points in 35 games. The bulk of that scoring has come since he joined Norfolk in the James Wright trade. He had just 2 goals and 6 points with San Antonio prior to the deal, but he's had 4 goals and 14 points since coming to Norfolk. Bear in mind Kostka had 16 goals and 54 points in 80 games with Rochester a year ago, which was tied for third in the league. So, the Admirals legitimately boast two of the absolute best offensive d-men in the league, which is part of the reason they're one of the most deadly offensive powers in the AHL this side of the Hershey Bears.

Tonight's victory was a bit of sweet revenge for a Norfolk team that had a temporary slump started by a third period collapse at home against the Devils just a few weeks ago. For the Admirals to overcome a 3-1 first period deficit that featured a Stephane Veilleux hat trick represented a nice bit of payback for the team.

Norfolk moves within 4 points of the Bears in the East Division standings with the victory. They continue their road trip in Syracuse on Friday.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 1-14-12 Whale at Admirals

The Pink Panik!

CT-2
NOR-4

Dustin Tokarski allowed 2 goals on 26 shots for the victory. He earned his 16th win of the season and is now clearly in workhorse mode after playing both ends of the back-to-back this weekend.

First Period
NOR Panik, (7) (Oberg, Johnson), 13:45

Second Period
NOR Panik, (8) , 10:20
CT Tessier, (7) (Klassen), 15:32
CT Voros, (4) (Avery), 16:21

Third Period
NOR Fornataro, (5) (Kostka, Conacher), 4:14
NOR Angelidis, (7) (Barberio), 17:21

Richard Panik, Matt Fornataro, and Mike Kostka were the game's three stars. Panik now has 4 goals and 7 points in his last 7 games. The thought that Panik may finally be putting it together in his rookie season of pro hockey has to make the Lightning absolutely giddy. It's already an embarrassment of riches in Norfolk considering how well the team's other rookies have played.

Tonight was Norfolk's annual "Pink the Rink" promotion.

With both Hershey and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton winning today, the Admirals managed to maintain position in 2nd in the division, 6 points back of the Bears. Norfolk draws Albany in Albany on Wednesday with a chance to exorcise the demons from a couple of weekends back when the team went on a mini-tailspin.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

AHL Game Night: 12-3-11 Phantoms at Admirals

TJ leads the comeback.

ADK-1
NOR-2

Dustin Tokarski allowed 1 goal on 16 shots for the win. He's won 5 of his last 6 decisions now. That's a sign that it's time to ride him as the starter. He plays better with the heavier workload, and he's got a tendency to stay hot about a month to a month and a half at a time.

First Period
NO SCORING

Second Period
ADK Akeson, (7) (Eddy, Hamel), 5:01 (PP)

Third Period
NOR Johnson, (7) (Dimmen, Jackson), 12:46
NOR Johnson, (8) (Ashton, Devos), 19:30

Tyler Johnson (pictured) and Tokarski were the game's first and third stars. Johnson's quietly put together a nice 3 game point streak after snapping a 4 game pointless streak. He's been overshadowed by fellow rookies Conacher and Ashton, but on any other team he'd be getting a lot of plaudits for his production for a first year pro.

Tonight's game marked the debut of new Admirals Evan Oberg and Mike Kostka, as well as Admirals contractee Philip-Michael Devos, who is a much better playmaker than former Miami Vice sidekick Philip Michael Thomas.

Norfolk goes on the road to Binghamton on Friday. Their win tonight moves them back into a tie with the Penguins for first place in the AHL East Division.

Box score from TheAHL.com.

Mike Kostka

Basics

Type: 
Out of Organization
Position: 
Defense
Shoots/Catches: 
Right
Height: 
6.02
Weight: 
209
Born: 
11/28/1985
Age: 
28
Hometown: 
Ajax, ONT
Acquired: 
Acquired in a trade with Florida on December 2, 2011
Last Team: 
Tampa Bay (NHL)
Projects As: 
Depth defenseman

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Undrafted

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Eligible
Signing Date: 
07/19/2013
Contract Type: 
Two-way
Contract Length: 
1 year
Cap Number: 
$625 000
Contract Start Year: 
2013
Contract End Year: 
2014
Contract End Status: 
UFA
Salary: 
$625 000

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

A two-way defenseman with pretty good size, Kostka has a good point shot and a good passing game.
Could stand to play more physically and with more aggression. Just use his size better.
(EP 2010)

Strengths: 

Has good size for the blueline position. Is a decent puck-mover who limits his mistakes when on the ice.

Weaknesses: 

Isn't a very physical defender. His offensive game, while decent in the AHL, is somewhat limited for the highest level.

Projection: 

Depth defenseman.

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2000-2001 Ajax/Pickering Raiders Mdgt AAAETAHL39 5 1318 28|        
 2001-2002 Ajax/Pickering Raiders Mdgt AAAETAHL23 6 1117 38|        
  Ajax AxemenOPJHL19 1 45 8|        
 2002-2003 Ajax AxemenOPJHL39 4 1115 32|        
 2003-2004 Aurora TigersOPJHL42 9 2736 4|        
  Aurora TigersRBC Cup6 2 57 0|        
 2004-2005 UMass (Amherst)NCAA32 1 56 14|        
 2005-2006 UMass (Amherst)NCAA36 2 68 20|        
 2006-2007 UMass (Amherst)NCAA39 3 1518 20|        
 2007-2008 UMass (Amherst)NCAA36 9 1221 20|        
  Rochester AmericansAHL1 0 00 2|        
 2008-2009 Portland PiratesAHL80 4 2630 33|Playoffs4 1 01
 2009-2010 Portland PiratesAHL76 2 2527 37|Playoffs4 0 00
 2010-2011 Rochester AmericansAHL80 16 3854 46|        
 2011-2012 San Antonio RampageAHL18 2 46 14|        
  Norfolk AdmiralsAHL52 7 2532 43|Playoffs18 6 612
 2012-2013 Toronto Maple LeafsNHL35 0 88 27|Playoffs1 0 00
  Toronto MarliesAHL34 6 2834 38|        
 2013-2014 Chicago BlackhawksNHL9 2 13 8|        
  Rockford IceHogsAHL2 0 11 2|        
  Tampa Bay LightningNHL19 2 68 0|Playoffs3 0 22
 2014-2015 New York RangersNHL7 0 11 0|        
  Hartford Wolf PackAHL63 5 2530 35|Playoffs15 1 45
 2015-2016 Ottawa SenatorsNHL15 0 11 4|        
  Binghamton SenatorsAHL50 5 2429 20|        
 2016-2017 Binghamton SenatorsAHL46 1 1112 32|        
  Stockton HeatAHL15 2 1012 4|Playoffs5 1 23
 2017-2018 Skellefteå AIKSHL50 4 1317 38|Playoffs16 1 34

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