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07-08-2012, 04:43 PM
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I am a big fan of Nikolai Kulemin and have been for a while, but the offensive upside of Chris Stewart is far higher.
Kulemin got to 30 goals because he had an insane shooting percentage, that will almost certainly never be repeated. Kulemin is a 20-25 goal, 45-60 point player with a very good all round game. Chris Stewart has the potential of 35-35-70, the difference being he doesn't have the all round game.
Considering the Blues already have plenty of players in the Kulemin mould, then Stewart has
more value to us.
You can flip that around and suggest that he had a great shooting percentage because he's got a great shot. Furthermore, you could make the case that when not playing alongside a shoot-happy centre like Grabovski, he may score even more. You could also suggest that Stewart's physicality will forever prevent him from becoming the finesse player that does put up 70 points.
It's ludicrous to suggest that either of these guys have hit their ceiling yet, nevermind that one has and one hasn't....
The blues do have a few players similar to Kulemin, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't want another. Hitchcock likes a defensive system and Kulemin is the perfect type of player for that. Carlyle likes a physical team and Kulemin is the perfect type of player for that. Certainly a basis for a trade.
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