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Columbus Blue Jackets vs the St. Louis Blues, pre-season

Blues winger Klim Kostin takes the puck up the ice against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the Sept. 22 preseason game at Enterprise Center. Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com

The reviews have been favorable on Jordan Kyrou and Klim Kostin, the team’s two hottest prospects in San Antonio. It’s the timing that’s not right.

Kyrou, coming back from offseason surgery for a kneecap injury, has two goals and two assists in three games. Kostin has three goals and five assists in 13 games. Also in San Antonio, Nathan Walker has eight goals and six assists in 13 games and Austin Poganski has two goals and eight assists in 13 games.

General manager Doug Armstrong likes both Kyrou and Kostin but also likes them getting more experience in the minors, unless they’re absolutely needed in St. Louis.

“I was in San Antonio last weekend and saw him play his first game,” Armstrong said of Kyrou. “I watched the game last night on television when I got home. He’s playing good, he’s getting scoring opportunities, he’s chipping off some of the rust that’s been building up over the last four or five months. He’s showing very well.”

As for Kostin, he said, “Klim’s an interesting guy because in reality he should have played his eighth American League hockey game the other day, but he went there as an 18- and 19-year-old. I think the process in the public’s eye is that he’s been down there a long time. He’s just a kid. He’s a year behind where Kyrou is. We’re excited. He would like to get right into the sprint and we’re trying to slow him down a little bit. He scored the other day. He looks like he’s coming along and certainly someone who’s on our radar screen when we need a player.”

THE NEW KID

Jacob de la Rose, acquired in the Robby Fabbri trade, skated for the first time with the Blues in St. Louis on Monday. He’s had one game with the team, playing 10:18 without a shot attempt, along with two hits.

“It was all right,” de la Rose said. “It’s always tough to get used to a new system but I feel it’s pretty simple. You’ve just got to skate a lot and work hard here, be hard on the forecheck. It’s a big team and I’m a big guy, too. I think my style should fit in here.”

“It’s kind of what we thought,” coach Craig Berube said. “He’s a good positional player, big guy, strong. He has tools. I’d like to see him elevate those tools a little bit more and become more of a threat and hopefully he can get that in time, but right now, I thought he played a fine game. He worked hard, he was in position, he took the body, he killed some penalties. Just what we thought.”

BLUENOTES

Armstrong said both Alexander Steen (high ankle sprain) and Vladimir Tarasenko (shoulder) were “doing well” in their injury recoveries. …

Alex Pietrangelo has assists on four of the Blues’ five overtime goals this season – all but Ryan O’Reilly’s vs. Minnesota – to lead the league in overtime points. …

The 2015 trade that moved Ryan O’Reilly and current Blues tryout candidate Jamie McGinn from Colorado to Buffalo sent Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher and a second-round pick (which was later traded to San Jose and became Jeremy Roy) the other way. “I was that extra piece that no one knew about,” McGinn said. McGinn and O’Reilly’s stalls are, for the time being, next to each other at Centene. “I asked if he had something to do with it and he said it was an open stall. It happened to just work out that way,” McGinn said.