From the Leafs training camp
"Kostka was among the last cuts from the Florida Panthers training camp last season. He then was traded to Tampa Bay and spent the season playing with the Lightning’s AHL team in Norfolk."
“The great thing about guys like him is it shows you that development doesn’t stop at 22. For me, it has never been about a player’s birthdate. Players are all prospects. Whoever can help the team is who can help the team.”
"While most observers raved about the play of defenceman Jake Gardiner before he was sidelined five weeks ago with a concussion, Kostka’s play has been equally impressive
. He initially was paired with Gardiner on the first-team power play unit with the Marlies but then played with former NHLer Paul Ranger and quarterbacked the power play.
With Gardiner still sidelined, Kostka is being given every chance to be one of the Leafs’ prime puck-moving blueliners when the 48-game NHL season opens Saturday night in Montreal. "