Nikolai Kulemin’s season has come to a fitting end.
After scoring 30 goals and 57 points in 2010-11, the Toronto Maple Leafs winger’s offensive production fell off a cliff this year. He had just seven goals and 28 points in 70 games, before suffering what appears to be a season-ending broken finger on Tuesday.
Officially, Kulemin is out three weeks. But even if he meets that timeline, he would not be returning until April 5 with the season ending on April 7.
One man’s loss is another’s gain. Rookie Carter Ashton is slotted on the second line with Mikhail Grabovski and Matt Frattin.
“Now, with the loss of Kulemin, he gets to move up in our lineup,” said Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle.
Did not really notice him when he was playing most nights this season...except when he was blowing offensive zone rushes. No big loss, hopefully the long sit down and off season help him get his head back togeather and he comes back playing more like he did last season.