Cleveland Monsters Sign Forward Nikita Korostelev to One-Year AHL Contract


Former Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick posted 3-10-13 in 31 appearances for Cleveland last year

The AHL’s Cleveland Monsters announced Wednesday the team signed forward Nikita Korstelev to a one-year AHL contract for the 2019-20 season. A 6'1", 209 lb. right-shooting native of Moskva, Russia, Korostelev, 22, posted 3-10-13 with four penalty minutes and a -6 rating in 31 appearances for the Monsters last season and added 3-4-7 with two penalty minutes an a -1 rating in 16 appearances for the ECHL's Jacksonville IceMen .

In 41 career AHL appearances for the Laval Rocket and Cleveland spanning parts of two seasons from 2017-19, Korostelev notched 4-11-15 with six penalty minutes and a -14 rating. Originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the seventh round (185th overall) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Korostelev contributed 123-149-272 with 142 penalty minutes and a -47 rating in 287 OHL appearances for the Sarnia Sting and Peterborough Petes spanning parts of five seasons from 2013-18.

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