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Will Kulemin Rebound?

View Poll Results: Will Kulemin Rebound This Season
Yes 84 77.06%
No 9 8.26%
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07-30-2012, 12:24 AM
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I think 20 goals is possible, and he's a solid two-way player to boot.

Randy's system lends itself to rugged play along the boards. At 225lbs, and the motor he has, he should fit in nicely on 2nd/3rd line duties.

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I'm pretty sure he'll at least bounce back to a 20-25 goal, 45-50 point player. Will we see him become a perennial 30 goal scorer? Doubtful in my books. But on a competitve NHL roster, I don't see that as a bad thing; our first line should gain more consistency and produce more, our second line should provide the supporting offense, and the third line should chip in now and then. Kulemin scored 30 goals (and Grabovski 29, MacArthur 21) primarily because, for all intents and purposes, they were our first line on most nights that season. With the emergence of Lupul and perhaps the benefit of having a big-bodied center in JVR, the Kessel line should be able to assume that role (as they did in large part last year).

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I like your gumption! I'm all in. I'm too sad to predict surprise cups anymore. This will be the year!!!!!(that Kuli bounces back)

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07-30-2012, 01:42 AM
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Either way I want him on the team for the long run. I see him at least being a 15-20 goal-15-20 assist guy as it was clear he was really off last season. Even with those kind of stats he'd be a big, hardhitting two-way 3rd liner which we really need. If he matches or comes close to his production of two years ago, he'll be a great somewhat power forward.

We need more guys like him and less guys like Connolly/lombardi on the team.

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07-30-2012, 01:47 AM
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How much he scores/produces will be entirely dependent on where he plays.

Scenario 1:
Lupul - Bozak - Kessel
JVR - Grabo - Mac
Kule - McClem - Fratin

If this is the way they line up, I can see him getting around 30-35 points.

If JVR can pull off first line duties i.e.

Lupul - JVR - Kessel
Kule - Grabo - Mac
Kadri - McClem - Fratin

If this happens I can see him putting up another 50 point season, probably 20 g 30 a

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07-30-2012, 01:48 AM
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20 goals, 40-50 points

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i expect a 20 plus goals this season from him cause he is just that good. He had a rough last year but everyone gets one of those. Going for 23 goals 30 assist as my prediction.

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It's been suggested that Kulemin really suffered from the loss of Igor Korolev in the KHL place crash, and that he had a tough year because of it. Korolev was his mentor. Many around the NHL think he can bounce back.

I'll say he gets somewhere around 45-50 points

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I think he will land somewhere around 40-45 points with 20ish goals.

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07-30-2012, 05:32 AM
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Not without a good amount of pp time, and he may not get that much.

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07-30-2012, 07:03 AM
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-the KGM line is reborn
-fans convinced that the KGM line is our first line once again
-Kuli will go to the net/dirty areas again
-Kuli is with Kadri learnin' / pumpin' with Roberts


if getting more than 7 goals is considered bounce back then maybe, otherwise i said "no".

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07-30-2012, 07:55 AM
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It's not out of the question for him to score 20-30 a year while playing a solid 2-way game.
I'm not sure where he'll be playing, but I expect we'll see better results this year.

You can play him on any line, and he'll be effective.

If he's on the third line 20 might be a bit of a stretch, depending on linemates. McClement has next to no offense.

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07-30-2012, 08:35 AM
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Well he managed to put up 16, 15 & 30 goals in his first 3 seasons. I think its safe to say 7 was an off year. I'd be a happy camper with kule on the 3rd line producing 16/15 goals.

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yeah, but sometimes TOI has something to say about that.
Oh for sure but if the 3rd line proves itself dependable (like the 3rd line on the Ducks Cup winning team), then TOI shouldn't be THAT far less than the 2nd line.

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Sure, but they don't hit 30 goals.
Nope probably not but 20 isn't out of the question.

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Carlyle is known for giving his 3rd line more minutes then typical third lines, so if he does end up on the 3rd line you can expect him to get more ice time then other 3rd liners around the league.

Also I personally can see him possibly on the 2nd line if we went into camp with this exact forward group (Burkie said changes are still coming):

Lupul - Connolly - Kessel
JVR - Grabovski - *Kulemin*

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I see him at about 15g,25a. He may stretch it to 20g's.

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I'm sure he'll get a few rebounds, why wouldn't he?

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I'm of the belief that teams knew what the Mac-Grabo-Kule line could do offensively and were more relenting on them defensively than they were the year before.

Will he rebound? He'll contribute - but under Carlyle's more conservative defensive style, he won't get as many chances as he did under Wilson's run and gun style.

Expecting 30G is too much. I'm expecting 10-15G, 10-15A.

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20-30 for him, line will be JVR/Kadri - Grabo - Kulemin.

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Nope probably not but 20 isn't out of the question.
That's a reasonable expectation. He really should give us that.

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his 30 goal 60 point season seems like an aberration. I think he'll bounce back, but not to that. Like other said, if he plays a strong two-way game this season than I would consider that a rebound. I would expect 40-50 points for Kuli, that would be a good year. Perfectly acceptable for a 2/3 liner.

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A big factor in this is in how he will be utilized by the coach. and currently his role is undetermined as per the upcoming season.

If he plays in a top 6 offensive role his goal scoring opportunities will increase and with that potential for rebound season goal scoring wise.

However if he finds himself in a bottom 6 checking/defensive role and asked to focus on shutting down opponents through solid 2-way play than that responsibility will reflect greatly on his goal output.

If he plays 2nd line with Grabs and JVR his goal totals will rise again to at least the mid 20's, however if he finds himself playing on the 3rd line with McClement as his center, he might end up only in the high teens for goals.

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Of course it will depend on the lineups and ice time but I see Kuli as a solid 20g scorer, if he can get his head around.

During his slump, he seemed to be craddling the puck too long and aiming it rather than firing it. He took an extra second to craddle it and fire it as hard as he could. He has to go back to the previous year, forget about the pressure, and just have a quicker trigger.

He had his chances but let them slip away. Hopefully he can rebound and won't be another Daniel Marois.

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