Steven Ellis of The Hockey News wrote a piece on Thursday highlighting the top-10 potential NHL free agents to sign out of Europe this summer, and he included former Merrimack forward Stephane Da Costa as his top pick.
“It seems like Da Costa is always up for discussion among European free agents, and for good reason. Part of that could be due to his 47 games of experience with the Ottawa Senators from 2011-2014, and it could be argued that he was rushed too quickly from Merrimack College. Since signing in Europe in 2014-15, Da Costa has played in two KHL all-star games and was among the team leaders in points with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg this year. Da Costa could use the World Championships this year as his entryway back to the NHL as he is typically a driving force for the French national team each season.”
Da Costa will turn 30 years old in July. This season with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg, he has 22 goals and 26 assists in 58 games (48 points).