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05-16-2013, 11:33 AM
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Kulemin was one of the best defensive forwards in hockey.

I'm gonna throw some numbers out that support why,

Highest Corsi QOC (quality of competition) among forwards with 30+games:
1. Nikolai Kulemin
2. David Backes
4. Martin Hanzal
5. Alexander Steen
6. Henrik Zetterberg

Offensive zone start% among forwards who aren't 4th liners with 30+ games:
1. Chris Kelly
2. Nikolai Kulemin
3. Mikhail Grabovski
4. Kyle Brodziak
5. Brandon Sutter
6. Mike Fisher

Another terrific stat is that while Kulemin only starts in the offensive zone 35% of the time, his offensive zone finish percentage was 44%. Basically Randy puts him on the ice to shut guys down and move the play up the ice and that's exactly what he does.

Kulemin in comparison to other forwards in the league with 30+ games:
http://somekindofninja.com/nhl/usage...Update+Results
*the higher the player is, the tougher the competition he faces.

Kulemin should not be looked at as an offensive forward ever again. With the way Randy uses a shut down line, we have absolutely found one guy that can be a horse defensively and his play should not be underrated. Jay McClement isn't the only reason why our PK is as good as it is. Nikolai Kulemin might play an equal if not bigger role in that.

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I like him

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I thought he played great defensively in the 1st round. Him and McClement should be mainstay defensive players.

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He's a stud - definitely a keeper.

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One of the fun moments of playoffs.

And he just skates away as if nothing happened

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He's so deceivingly strong that its scary. The way he pushes big guys along the boards when battling for the puck is a treat to watch. Definitely a keeper.

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Can't wait to see him play alongside Malkin in 2015

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Was? What do you mean by Was? He is not one of the best defensive forwards anymore?

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He's a dumb defensive player. He works hard and grinds well but he makes a lot of defensive mistakes relating to coverage. He doesn't have a good idea when to attack or contain and he gets caught pick watching on a regular basis. His defensive value is hounding the puck carrier, so it's tough to say he's one of the leagues best defensive players. I wouldn't even say he was the best defensive player on the Leafs.

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Was? What do you mean by Was? He is not one of the best defensive forwards anymore?
I believe that'd be "was this past season".

Guy has more offence in him then we're getting. Still think it'll come back at some point, has great tools.

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Its funny this guy scored 30 goals a few seasons ago - you gotta think that part of his game hasn't completely dried up.

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His numbers when he was not with grabovski were good still I think

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He's also 235lbs - they should line him up in front of the net more often.

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Kulie is one of my favorites and definitely our 2nd best defensive forward. A monster on the boards, good at holding the puck and can hit like a truck when he wants to.

Unfortunately, I think the jitters finally got to him as he blew coverage twice in Game 7 and was on the ice for 4 goals and people are going to hold that above his head for the entire off-season. The 3rd goal, I don't think was his fault but on the 2nd goal, he lost Horton who was his man and then on the tying goal, he was collapsing too low and let Bergeron get the shot off. Very unfortunate as he had a monster series up to that point.

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One of the fun moments of playoffs.

And he just skates away as if nothing happened
haha You do not throw a questionable hit on Kulimen, he will come for you.

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In a recent interview conducted with Nonis just prior to the playoffs he personally singled out Kulemin for praise and importance, in his defensive contributions that often go unnoticed in the boxscore but not the win column in the standings.

Kulemin and McClement a big reason for the Leafs vast improvement on the PK as well, when Nonis was asked for a main reason for team turnaround from last year to this one.

Nonis essentially named Kulemin the unsung hero on the Leafs when asked to name a single player.

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he has balls you know
like he'll rough you up

kinda like malkin
big size and strength

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Kulemin's defensive play is better than McClement's IMHO (save the special teams). I still see flashes of his 30 goal self when I see him play. If he threw around his body more on the boards like he did that year, I could see him repeating it.

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05-16-2013, 02:21 PM
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just wait till he gets his confidence with the puck back. He relied upon grabo to carry the puck in the neutral zone for too long.

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Him and McClement are keepers on this team.

He was outstanding defensively in the 1st round. Frattin was superb too.

Kulie still has one hell of a wrist shot, and a great release as well. He needs to use it a lot more.

ALSO - How many players would have gone for that empty netter at the end of game 6? Not Kulie - team player, got it deep, and focused on getting the win before anything else. There's so much to adore about this guy.

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Decent 3rd liner, PK guy. I'm not really a huge fan.

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Kulemin and McClement are 2/3 of what our third line should be next season.

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One of the fun moments of playoffs.

And he just skates away as if nothing happened
I laughed after he did that and skated away with that "expression" of his.

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Kulemin - xx - Frattin is going to be a good line. You need to get a 3C that can play the PK and win faceoffs though.

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Kulie is one of my favorites and definitely our 2nd best defensive forward. A monster on the boards, good at holding the puck and can hit like a truck when he wants to.

Unfortunately, I think the jitters finally got to him as he blew coverage twice in Game 7 and was on the ice for 4 goals and people are going to hold that above his head for the entire off-season. The 3rd goal, I don't think was his fault but on the 2nd goal, he lost Horton who was his man and then on the tying goal, he was collapsing too low and let Bergeron get the shot off. Very unfortunate as he had a monster series up to that point.
He pissed me off when Bergeron got the shot through.

Good player but needs to learn to sacrifice his body. The way he blocks a **** from the point pisses me off. A stick on the ice, get as thin as possible.

Though I will admit he the best defensive winger we have and is a keeper. The way he knocks Lucic off the puck is amazing. He does need to improve on his coverage.

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