Thread: Nikolai Kulemin
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01-21-2013, 01:41 AM
Corsi != Possession
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Here's my take on Kulemin's offensive "inconsistencies". A large portion of his goals from his 30 goal season came from 5 feet away from the net. His biggest offensive asset is his great hand-eye for tips, and his uncanny ability to find rebounds in the feet of the defenders faster than the defenders or the goalie can. He does have a decent, and accurate wrister with a quick release, but he doesn't use it as often as he could/should.

His line was simply unable to get the puck to those areas with any regularity last season. As a PFW, he can win the battles along the boards, dish the puck off, and head to the net, but if the puck doesn't follow him, there's not much he can do.

If the Leafs were serious about trading him away, they'd need to put him opposite Kessel, and watch him shine (and increase his trade value).

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