Thread: Nikolai Kulemin
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01-21-2013, 02:57 AM
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He had a lot of off-ice issues, having lost a lot of people on that Lokomotiv Yaroslavl plain crash.

He also had the pressure/expectation of the year before him + the contract situation on his back as well.

I think all things considered - mentally he was bogged down last season.

The positive thing about Kulemin last year, was that even though he wasn't scoring goals, he was contributing in big ways. Very strong defensively, one of our strongest players on the wall, and always gave safe minutes.

He also found himself with a hat full of scoring chances every single night.

He plays hard, he plays smart, and plays for his teammates. My honest expectation for him is to see him return to better form. 20-25 goals from him, plus solid two-way play, is what I would expect to see. He's got the tools and the ability.

Think he will be helped by playing with Clarke and Grabovski again as well. Was all over the lineup last year which didn't help him.

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