Jackson Kyrkostas commits to RPI
In late January, RPI picked up a commitment from ’04 Forward Jackson Kyrkostas. Kyrkostas is a right-shot forward who is listed at 5’10” and 165 LBs. He has played at Kimball Union Academy (where he is teammates with Kareem Alazem) on the prep circuit along with the Islanders Hockey Club 18U team and the Islanders Hockey NCDC team. For KUA, he had 10 goals, 31 assists and 41 points in 28 games, which is good for his age in prep school. For IHC 18U, he had 6 goals, 17 assists and 23 points in 20 games while he only played 2 games in the NCDC and scored a goal. He has produced over a point per game at all his main stops in the past 2 seasons, showing good offensive capabilities.
Kyrkostas’s scouting reports paint a very positive picture for him as a player. He is said to have great vision and playmaking ability that pairs well with his skating. His edge work and agility are excellent along with having the high IQ to make plays all over the ice. He has high-end passing skills and poise with the puck that he uses to regularly set up teammates with scoring chances. His skill-set all around is very dynamic and displays a player who has high-end offensive skills. From Neutral Zone: “Kyrkostas best attribute is his brain; he thinks the game at a high level, he has a great set of hands and can make defenders miss and turn them inside out with clever moves and stickhandling.” Overall, he sounds like a smart, fast, playmaking forward who projects as a natural center.
With his ’04 birthdate, we expect Kyrkostas to enroll in the Fall of 2023. Hopefully, he can move up to either the BCHL or USHL next season to continue his development in junior hockey before coming to RPI. On KUA’s roster, his graduation is listed as 2023, so it is possible that he has to play another year in prep and could get delayed until 2024. Regardless of when he arrives in Troy, his outstanding offensive skills will make him an impact player for the Engineers. We can’t wait to see him continue to develop in the meantime. Congratulations to Jackson and his family!