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11-15-2012, 09:08 PM
Ched Brosky
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Originally Posted by LeafOfBread View Post
Because Kulemin is a much better and more well-rounded player and brings a lot more than Mason Raymond does. And statistically he's improved every year, this past season was bad for him but his head wasn't in the game because of the personal issues he had to deal with in regards to his friends on Lokomotiv dying in the plane crash including his father figure/mentor, Korolev.

Even if he doesn't hit 30 again he has all the skill to be a 20-25 goal scorer with a solid defensive game.
LOL I wouldn't talk if I was you as you just proved you know nothing about the Canucks. Raymond is a staple on the Canucks penalty kill, one which has been top 3 in the league every year the last couple years. Raymond is just as good if not better defensively. Only thing Kulemin does better is hit, to make up for that Raymond has blazing speed.

Kulemin had an off year because his head wasn't in it? But Raymond can't have an off year because of a career threatening injury eh?

Kulemin has only reached 40+ points once in his career, Raymond's basically done it twice as the season prior he had 39 points in 70 games, he could have easily passed 40 if he played the extra 12 games.

Also Kulemin's one good year looks like a fluke if you look at his shooting %s. He usually shoots around 11% and then all of a sudden jumped to 17%. This year he fell to 7% which is closer to what I'd expect than the 17% he had the year prior.

Raymond has never had a huge spike in his %. He's had a couple seasons at 11% and a couple around 8% so you can tell none of his seasons were much different.

On top of that Mason Raymond probably could have outscored Kulemin this past season had he gotten to play the extra 15 games! All he needed was 8 points to match and 9 to pass Kulemin's totals this year. That's right a player coming off a career threatening injury may have outproduced a completely healthy player who was dealing with emotional problems (which other players were as well, yet their play didn't drop). Don't forget these guys are professionals so using that as an excuse is somewhat weak as he was not the only player dealing with that issue, yet he had the biggest if not the only major drop in stats

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