Costello, Jeff

2014 NHL Entry Draft: Day One Recap, Day Two Preview

Looking Back on Day One, Looking Ahead to Day Two
Remember how we said in our pre-draft preview there's an age-old question at draft time about whether a team drafts for need versus the best player available (BPA)? Remember how we said that, in all likelihood, the team that selected Jonathan Drouin over Seth Jones when it clearly needed a righty d-man would surely take the BPA? You do? Yeah, well, so much for that. The Lightning reverted back to the needs-based approach they employed in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft when they selected Slater Koekkoek, despite red flags on the health of Koekkoek's shoulder. Tonight, holding the 19th overall pick, the Lightning again made a needs-based pick and again chose to bypass some considerable red flags:

Jeff Costello

Basics

Type: 
Out of Organization
Position: 
Left Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
6.00
Weight: 
212
Born: 
11/20/1990
Age: 
24
Hometown: 
Milwaukee, WI
Acquired: 
Rights acquired in a trade with Vancouver on June 27. 2014
Last Team: 
Florida (ECHL)
Projects As: 
Physical depth winger with leadership intangibles

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2009
Drafted By: 
Ottawa Senators
Round: 
5
Pick No.: 
146
Draft Team: 
Cedar Rapids (USHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Signing Date: 
08/25/2014
Contract Type: 
AHL-only
Contract Length: 
1 year
Contract Start Year: 
2014
Contract End Year: 
2015
Contract End Status: 
UFA

Bio

Awards: 

2008-09

  • USHL All-Star Game


2009-10

  • USHL All-Star Game


2012-13

  • NCAA (CCHA) Champion

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

He is a physical forward and as captain of the Fighting Irish, he leads by intimidation; he agreed that he would, metaphorically speaking, tear someone's head off if they weren't listening to him. Costello does well on the penalty kill, goes to the dirty areas of the ice, and took two penalty minutes a game this year. His 13 goals and over three shots a game point to a bit of offensive upside, but he is likely to be a depth winger if he makes it to the next level at all. (Austin Wallace)

Projection: 

Physical depth winger with leadership intangibles

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2007-2008 Catholic Memorial School USHS22 31 1748 60|        
 2008-2009 Cedar Rapids RoughRidersUSHL54 24 933 73|Playoffs5 0 22
 2009-2010 Cedar Rapids RoughRidersUSHL54 29 1948 149|Playoffs5 2 35
 2010-2011 Univ. of Notre DameNCAA44 12 618 56|        
 2011-2012 Univ. of Notre DameNCAA28 5 712 58|        
 2012-2013 Univ. of Notre DameNCAA33 11 1930 52|        
 2013-2014 Univ. of Notre DameNCAA40 13 922 73|        
 2014-2015 Syracuse CrunchAHL2 0 00 0|        
  Florida EverbladesECHL28 8 715 26|        

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