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01-16-2013, 01:24 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
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Easy no for Edmonton, because it doesn't bring anything they need.
Nikolai Kulemin is a question, because he took a giant step backward last season and you don't know if his one 30G season was a fluke. Yes I know he's did well in the KHL, but he's always done well there, and the KHL is not the NHL. TO fans have flamed MPS for his one bad year, the same questions they asked about MPS can be asked about Kulemin.
IMO Carl Gunnarsson is a solid 2nd pairing D, but he's not a top pair D. N.Schultz is as good as Gunnarsson and Schultz is way better at the PK, he's also a great leader. The Oilers need Schultz to school J.Schultz and for his his superior D play.
You're so funny.
Kulemin has scored 15, 16, 30, and 7 goals in his NHL career, and shot only 6.5% last year (exactly half of what he averaged in his previous three full seasons). I fail to see the logic that last year has somehow completely damaged his value or is in any way representative of what he has done for the other 75% of his career so far.
Gunnarson would step in and be the best defensive d-man on the Oilers immediately (just like he is on the Leafs). Despite your statement that he is onyl a second pairing guy, he would almost certainly be playing top pairing minutes with Schultz unless they decided to go with Smid, but Gunnar would probably be a better fit.
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