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Name: Nikolai KuleminToronto Maple Leafs (#44/2006 NHL Draft)

Rating: 88
Height: 183cm/6'0"
Weight: 91kg/200.2 lb
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Left
Born: 1986-07-14
Birthplace: Magnitogorsk, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2005-06 Team Russia (EuroTour) Away - Available
2006-07 Team Russia (EuroTour) Away - Available
Roster for Four Nations Tournament released (10/22/2009)
July 2008 Wrapup - Russian Prospects Pay a Visit to NHL Clubs (08/09/2008)
Round 52 – Ak Bars vs Metallurg (10 prospects scouted): Clash of the Champions Review (02/25/2008)
Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs): I can do even better (11/02/2007)
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16/04/2010 Prospects make Russian National Team

Sr. World Championships -  Many prospects made the roster for the two friendly matches Team Russia will play in Italy on April 23rd and 24th. Vasily Koshechkin (Tampa Bay Lightning), Anton Khudobin (Minnesota Wild) and Sergei Bobrovsky are the goalies, with Khudobin most likely as starter. On the blue line Dmitry Kulikov (Florida Panthers) will make his first appearence, and will be joined by Vitaly Atyushov, Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens), Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators), Evgeny Biryukov, Denis Denisov (Buffalo Sabres), Dmitri Vorobiev (Toronto Maple Leafs), Evgeny Ryasensky and Nikolai Belov. The forwards corps will be led by NHLers Maxim Afinogenov (Buffalo Sabres), Evgeny Artyukhin (Atlanta Thrashers), Artem Anisimov (New York Rangers) and Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs). First call for Vladimir Tarasenko and Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets). Other players are Konstantin Gorovikov, Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche), Maxim Rybin , Evgeny Skachkov (St. Louis Blues), Anton Krysanov (Phoenix Coyotes), Mikhail Varnakov , Alexander Svitov (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators).
03/22/2010 Leafs' Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) emerging from his shell

National Hockey League (NHL) -  TORONTO - There are go-to guys in every National Hockey League dressing room. Players who attract a crowd of reporters after practices, not necessarily because of what they do during the games, or in between them, but because of what they say. Go-to guys are good talkers. They speak in complete sentences, seldom drop into cliche, give context, possess a good sense of humour and provide the writers and the television types with the coveted quotes they need to build a story. Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) (National Post article by Joe O'Connor) READ MORE
03/21/2010 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) says he wants to stick around in T.O.

National Hockey League (NHL) -  Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) has heard the rumblings, the talk about how he'll be seduced by the money in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League and return to his homeland at the end of the season when he becomes an unrestricted free agent. The 23-year-old said that's been the speculation in the Russian newspapers. ( article by Paul Hunter) READ MORE
01/07/2009 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) has been reassigned to AHL
08/09/2008 July 2008 Wrapup - Russian Prospects Pay a Visit to NHL Clubs
07/09/2008 Leafs' Eastern prospects fast friends
07/09/2008 Leafs' Eastern prospects fast friends
03/30/2008 Metallurg GM confirms Kulemin on his way to Toronto next season
03/22/2008 Quarterfinals - Metallurg Mg. vs. Dynamo 5:0 (series 3:2) – Metallurg rallies
03/12/2008 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) suspended for 2 games
11/06/2007 Team Russia lines announced!
11/02/2007 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs): I can do even better!
10/18/2007 Round 17: HC Ak Bars and Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins) wake up
10/16/2007 Vyacheslav Bykov announces Team Russia roster for Karjala Cup
10/16/2007 Player and Goalie statistics updated through today!
10/12/2007 Round 15: Viktor Alexandrov (St. Louis Blues) continues strong
09/27/2007 Super League statistics updated through today
09/25/2007 Round 6: Shift-by-shift scouting of Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs)
09/16/2007 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs)'s game worn Team Russia jersey added
09/04/2007 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs): There can only be one goal in Magnitogorsk - to be #1
07/08/2007 Russian Super League Offseason Player Transfers Part 1 (Top Four Clubs)
05/24/2007 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) signs with Toronto
04/26/2007 Team Russia announces final roster
04/10/2007 HC Metallurg on verge of Championship behind Kulemin
04/07/2007 Metallurg overpowers Ak Bars behind Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs)
04/05/2007 Finals Showdown: Kulemin (Toronto) vs. Alexei Morozov
04/04/2007 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) stays in Magnitogorsk for 2007-08
03/30/2007 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) continues career season
03/21/2007 Quarterfinals - Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) scores laying down
03/18/2007 Web Site News: Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs)'s player profile is now available to everyone!
03/14/2007 Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) on his way to NHL
03/10/2007 Round 58 - Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs) leads Metallurg to victory
01/23/2007 Round 43 - Kulemin (Toronto) nets a hattrick!
11/17/2006 Russia - Czech Republic - Exclusive RussianProspects Scouting Analysis
05/31/2006 2nd scouting report added to Nikolai Kulemin's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile
02/19/2006 Web Site News: Premium: Nikolai Kulemin's (2006 NHL Entry Draft) profile has been added!
06/06/2004 Team Russia Player Performance Recaps and Grades - Part 5: Fourth Line Line (Sergei Salnikov - Nikolai Ogorodnikov - Nikolai Kulemin)
Scouting Evaluations:
Round 52 – Ak Bars vs Metallurg (10 prospects scouted): Clash of the Champions Review
Round 9: Shift-by-shift Alexei Cherepanov (New York Rangers) scouting
Russian Super League, Round 6: Shift-by-shift with Nikolai Kulemin (Toronto Maple Leafs)
Russia - Czech Republic - Exclusive RussianProspects Scouting Analysis
ADT Canada-Russia Challenge - Team Russia Roster Breakdown (Forwards)
Draft Rankings and Comments:
Rank 2: #4 Ranking Comments:While a pleasant surprise to some, who first saw him at the U20 WJC, Kulemin is old news for those have watched him consistently earn ice time on the star studded Metallurg Magnitogorsk squad.
Rank 3: #4 Ranking Comments:Nikolai Kulemin's stock has skyrocketed this season due to his success with Metallurg Magnitogorsk, as well as his performance on Russia's U20 national team at the U20 WJC. Nikolai Kulemin is an able third line work horse who works hard for every inch of the ice surface. He brings a physical edge to his team and a strong work ethic. He has shown a scoring touch, especially on the national team, but his scoring success will largely depend on his line mates. Remember, even NHL tough guy Chris Simon was a scoring threat with the Washington Capitals when paired with a capable center. His style will transfer well to the NHL and considering Kulemin's achievements on the international arena, including the World Championships squad in Latvia, he is one of the top Russians players eligible for the 2006 NHL Entry draft.
Talent Analysis:
Scout 1: Strong skater with an above average top very hard to get back into his zone...responsible defensively...drives hard towards the net and plays with a lot of intensity...has a solid frame, even though he is not overly big, he is physically built and plays bigger than his height...fights hard at the boards and in the corners... doesn’t avoid contact, in fact seems to look for it and bring the game to his opponents....not a very imaginative player, but makes solid, responsible decisions with the very hard in the corners and works well with his linemates, cycling the puck and making good decisions...possesses a very strong work ethic.
Scout 2: A typical work horse who works hard and gives it 100% at any place on the ice...skates well, but won’t blow away with his top speed...crashes the net and works hard in the corners...not a sniper and a lot of his scoring depends on his linemates...if he plays on the line with a player like Evgeni Malkin, he will have a lot of scoring chances and will deliver a lot of "working" goals off the rebounds in front of the net...however he can equally deliver very few points for the season, but still be a valuable power play-kill unit, checking line defensive player for his team...developed a lot during the 2005-06 season in the Russian Super League...has really benefited from being coached by former NHL coach Dave King in Magnitogorsk...does not possess a huge upside, but is a safe choice who will deliver well in the role described above, but will never become a top line forward in the NHL.
Back In Russia:
Nikolai Kulemin was born in Magnitogorsk, Russia and is the product of the Metallurg hockey system that has also produced other strong young prospects like Evgeny Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Dmitri Pestunov (Phoenix Coyotes). Unlike Evgeny Malkin, the young forward worked his way up through Metallurg’s system, delivering two strong campaigns with the club’s junior farm team before getting an opportunity to skate in the Super League during the 2005-06 season. Kulemin also skated for Russia’s 86 born U18 squad in several tournaments, including the 2004 U18 WJC. During the 2005-06 season, Kulemin made his Super League debut and while this young forward was expected to play a strictly supporting role on the deep Metallurg roster, he managed to make a lot of impact and earned significant minutes on the club’s third line, and spent some time skating with future Pittsburgh Penguins super star Evgeny Malkin. Kulemin primarily impressed with his work ethic, mature play and ability/willingness to play in traffic, fight against the boards and finally drive towards the net. The young forward further built on his breakout season by delivering a spectacular performance at the U20 WJC, where he scored several goals, harnessing his speed and drive towards the net.
NHL Outlook:
Kulemin was eligible for the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, but it was unclear whether he elected not to be participate, or did not impress enough on the international arena to earn high grads from NHL scouts. The NHL
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2007-08 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Playoffs)11 2 2 4 29 -3
2007-08 Team Russia LG Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 2 0 2 8 +2
2007-08 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Reg.)57 21 12 33 63 -6
2006-07 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Playoffs)15 10 1 11 10 8
2006-07 Team Russia Channel 1 Games (EuroTour) (Reg.)3 0 0 0 2 +1
2006-07 Team Russia LG Sweden Games (Reg.)3 2 0 2 4 +1
2006-07 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Reg.)53 27 12 39 38 17
2006-07 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (Euro Tour) (Intl.)3 0 0 0 0 -
2005-06 U20 Team Russia (86) 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 1 0 1 6 +1
2005-06 Team Russia IIHF World Championships (Intl.)6 1 2 3 2 +4
2005-06 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 0 2 2 2 -
2005-06 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Playoffs)0 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Metallurg 2 (Magnitogorsk) 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)4 3 1 4 6 -
2005-06 Metallurg (Magnitogorsk) Super League (Russia 1) (Reg.)26 5 5 10 2 +6
2005-06 U20 Team Russia U20 WJC (Intl.)4 4 2 6 25 +3
2004-05 Metallurg 2 (Magnitogorsk) 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)43 9 13 22 44 -
2004-05 U20 Team Russia Big Prize Tourn. (Intl.)1 0 0 0 0 +1
2004-05 U20 Team Russia 4 Nations Tourn. (Intl.)3 0 1 1 2 +2
2003-04 Metallurg 87 (Magnitagorsk) Jr. League (Finals)6 4 2 6 6 -
2003-04 Metallurg 2 (Magnitogorsk) 1st League (Russia 3) (Reg.)43 18 8 26 91 -
2004-05 U20 Team Russia Canada- Russia Challenge (Intl.)6 0 2 2 0 -
2003-04 U18 Team Russia U18 WJC (Intl.)6 0 2 2 2 +3
2003-04 Team Russia 86 5 Nations Tourn 4 0 0 0 4 0
2001-02 Metallurg 86 (Magnitagorsk) Jr. League (Finals)7 1 2 3 2 -
0 0 0 0 0
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