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Name: Denis KulyashNashville Predators (#243/2004 NHL Draft)

Rating: 83
Height: 190cm/6'3"
Weight: 91kg/200.2 lb
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Born: 1983-05-31
Birthplace: Omsk, Russia

Game Worn Jerseys:
2005-06 Dynamo (Moscow) Away - Available
Spartak Moscow - CSKA Moscow: Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets), Sergei Andronov (St. Louis Blues), Ilya Kablukov (Vancouver Canucks) and others (01/15/2010)
Alexander Nikulin (Phoenix Coyotes): Dumping the puck is not for me. (05/24/2009)
Russian national team's training camp (03/28/2009)
Shirokov and Parshin shine in CSKA's big victory against Atlant (02/20/2009)
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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).
05/12/2009 Mass move from CSKA to Salavat?

Continental Hockey League (KHL) -  On the russian press arisen the rumor that several players might move from CSKA Moscow to Salavat Yulaev Ufa. The players listed were: Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens), Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche), Sergei Shirokov (Vancouver Canucks), Oleg Saprykin (Ottawa Senators) and Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators). Let's remember that CSKA just underwent to a lot of changes, having now a new president (Vyacheslav Fetisov) and a new head coach (Sergei Nemchinov)
04/13/2009 Second match in Austria, prospects shine

World Championships -  In the second match team Russia played in Austria against the local National team, head coach Vyacheslav Bykov decided to give more room to the youngsters. If in the first match Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) and Igor Makarov (Chicago Blackhawks) were left out from the lineup, friday they played a nice role on the team and replied with great perfomances, with the other youngsters who were dressed in the first match, Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) and Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers). Also Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens) was part of the match, but he's a regular with team Russia for the last three years.

It was Maxim Goncharov (Phoenix Coyotes) the one who had the honor of opening the dancing with a big slapshot after a won faceoff in the offensive zone. Maxim Kondratiev (Anaheim Mighty Ducks) made it 2-0 with another big time slapper in the dying seconds for the first period.

After two minutes of the middle period Igor Makarov (Chicago Blackhawks) deflected in a great centering pass by Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) from the right circle. Three minutes later Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers), with a nice top shelf wristshot, finalized a great, quick combination in the offensive zone that seen the puck travelling from Radulov, to Gorovikov and to Atlant's player very quickly

And it was again Zubarev who, with a great breakout pass from the own zone launched Radulov on a quick counter attack free to score the 5-0 goal.

Prospect shined again after goals coming from Maxim Rybin (assisted by Konstantin Korneev (Montreal Canadiens)) and Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators), Evgeni Dadonov (Florida Panthers) scored Russia's eigth goal, deflecting in a slap shot by Vitaliy Atyushov (Ottawa Senators), who was assisted by Andrei Zubarev (Atlanta Thrashers).

Russia's next commitment will be the Euro Hockey Tour last stage in the Czech Republic.
02/04/2009 Russia roster for LG Hockey Games in Sweden (Euro Tour)
11/08/2008 Russia destroys Finland 6:2 behind Alexander Radulov (Nashville Predators)
11/07/2008 Russian Hockey Federation anounces roster for Karjala Cup
03/14/2008 Quarterfinals - CSKA vs. Ak Bars 0:6 (Series 0:1)
12/02/2007 Round 32: Denis Parshin (Colorado Avalanche) leads CSKA to victory
11/25/2007 New scouting report added to Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators)'s profile
11/17/2007 Round 22: Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) and Anton Babchuk (Carolina Hurricanes) keep on firing
10/16/2007 Vyacheslav Bykov announces Team Russia roster for Karjala Cup
10/16/2007 Vyacheslav Bykov announces Team Russia roster for Karjala Cup
09/09/2007 Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators)'s game worn HC Dynamo jersey added
07/08/2007 Russian Super League Offseason Player Transfers Part 1 (Top Four Clubs)
04/23/2007 More Russians released from training camp
04/16/2007 Team Russia’s infirmary filling up
02/27/2007 Round 54 - Sergei Shirokov (Vancouver Canucks) scores 16th
07/01/2006 Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) staying put with Dynamo
06/21/2006 Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) still without a club
05/22/2006 Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators): Foolishness let us down (Interview)
02/17/2006 Andrei Taratukhin (Calgary Flames) and Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) joining Team Russia
02/13/2006 Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) moved to Olympic reserve
02/10/2006 Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators): In Turin, I Will Probably Drown in My Emotions
02/05/2006 Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators): I Don’t Believe Anything Any More! (Soviet Sport Interview)
02/01/2006 Kulyash (Nashville) and Korolyuk (San Jose) added to Olympic roster
09/09/2005 Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators): I don't plan on hiding from anyone!
09/05/2005 Dynamo and CSKA agree on Denis Kulyash’s (Nashville Predators) transfer
07/27/2005 CSKA defenseman Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators): This season I already 53 sticks and 3 safety glass panes! (Soviet Sport Interview)
07/22/2005 Another Controversy: Denis Kulyash (Nashville Predators) bolts CSKA for Dynamo
07/09/2005 Denis Kulyash's (Nashville Predators) profile has been added!
04/24/2005 Russian national team loses Denis Kulyazh (Nashville Predators) and Sergei Zinovjev (Boston Bruins)
10/20/2004 Super League Tour 18: Molot-Prikame (Perm)
Scouting Evaluations:
Spartak Moscow - CSKA Moscow: Nikita Filatov (Columbus Blue Jackets), Sergei Andronov (St. Louis Blues), Ilya Kablukov (Vancouver Canucks) and others
Shirokov and Parshin shine in CSKA's big victory against Atlant
Talent Analysis:
Nov. 2007 Scouting Update: An offensive defenseman with a cannon of a slapshot…very solid skater with a good top-speed and a very good acceleration…some think he has one of the most powerful slapshots in the world, and it’s probably true…has also a very good wrister, with a quick release…never hesitates to shoot…average stickhandling, can carry the puck but not for too long…would need to work a bit on his passing play, which is solid but could be better…has a very good player without the puck in the offensive part of the game…can skate towards the best position to release his tremendous slapshot…he is a physical player in the defensive third but sometimes he is too aggressive and takes avoidable penalties…tough along the boards…checks other players often and is never intimidated by bigger opponents…useful in the defensive third if doesn’t over commit…has the potential to be a top four defenseman in the NHL if he improves his decision making, both offensely and defensively.
Original Scouting Report: Skating: An above average skater with a smooth stride...has a good top speed and capable of a surprising burst...needs to improve his skating backwards Shot: Has a very powerful slap shot, which he does not hesitate to use from the blue line...if given the chance, tends to shoot the puck at least ten times in a single game...his shot’s precision is about average, but it’s strength makes opponents think twice before blocking it. Technical Ability: Average puck times has trouble accepting a pass that is not perfect...doesn’t hesitate to carry the puck up the ice, but needs to raise his head when he is carrying the puck to see how a situation develops and to not get leveled by an opponent. Passing: average passer, and at times tends to make his passes too strong...also needs to work on his precision. Hockey Sense: Has really improved in this category, but still has plenty of room to time makes unsafe decisions with the puck in his own end, for example, making a bad outlet pass that gets intercepted, or making his pass too strong and into traffic, causing the puck to either get intercepted or bounce back into the neutral or defensive zone at an unpredictable angle...understands that his primary usefulness in the offensive zone is not quarterbacking but his great slap shot and positions himself accordingly on the blue line to fire the puck towards the net...Physical Ability: very well built...a physical player who fights hard along the boards and can deliver some bone jarring hits...plays with a lot of confidence and doesn’t let down against the bigger or more physical opponents. Defensive Play: Works hard in his own end of the ice...still needs to improve his decision making with the puck, but has vastly improved his positioning since the 2003-04 season...provides the needed physical presence.
Back In Russia:
2007-08 Season: For the 2007-08 season Kulyash returned to HC CSKA and has re-energized his career after a sub-par 2006-07 season.  He has also been a steady member of Russia’s national team. 
2006-07 Season: This is where things started to unravel for Kulyash under the pressured coaching style of Krikunov, who publicly criticized the player before benching him for part of the season.  Kulyash struggled to find himself with HC Dynamo and finished the season well off his regular pace set over the previous two years.   He did not represent Russia in international comeptition.
2005-06 Season:This was by far the most successful season for Denis Kulyash. The young defenseman successfully moved this year from HC CSKA  to HC Dynamo, which in the long-term proved to be a mistake, but during this season the move appeared to only boost his career.  Kulyash enjoyed his most productive Super League season with 12 goals and 5 assists, while also playing a key role on Russia’s national team, representing his country at the World Championships.  
2004-05 Season: While some observers didn’t expect CSKA to keep Kulyash for another season, the young defenseman surprised by making immense strides in his game and starting the season on one of the club’s top two defensive pairings. Kulyash improved his positioning in the defensive zone, as well as his skating. He appeared to play with more confidence, throwing his body around and not hesitating to use his slap shot. The young defenseman spent most of the season on CSKA’s top defensive pairing and was invited to join Russia’s senior national team during the EuroTour and then again prior to the World Championships in Austria. Unfortunately, Kulyash suffered an injury during the World Championships training camp and was unable to help Russia compete for the medals. Still, the young defenseman received plenty of accolades and will likely be invited back to the national squad during the 2005-06 season, which will be his last with CSKA under the current contract.
2003-04 season: Denis Kulyash joined CSKA Moscow prior to the 2003-04 season. The young defenseman saw little action during his first season with the club and didn’t stand out on an already mediocre defensive corps. His game had many holes, including inability to defend against one on one situations, poor decision making, and poor positioning. At this point he had little to show beyond his powerful slap shot, his work ethic and his impressive physical presence. He remained in reserves for most of the season, and apparently learned a lot during his first RSL season, since during the 2004-05 season the spectators saw a new and improved Kulyash on the ice.
NHL Outlook:
The Nashville Predators selected Denis Kulyash in the 8th round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, 243rd overall. The pick was quite surprising, since the ’83 born Kulyash has not shown anything resembling NHL potential during his first season in the Super League. However, the young defenseman did play very well at the High League (Russia 2) level and had the raw ability to separated him from the pack. His shot and size in particular made him an attractive choice. Many project players fail to put all the pieces together, but Kulyash surprised many by building on his rookie season and excelling in the Super League (Russia 1) during his sophomore campaign. If Kulyash continues to develop on the current path, he has the potential to be a second pairing defenseman in the NHL, but before this happens he has to continue to improve his decision making.
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM +/-
2008-09 CSKA (Moscow) KHL (Reg.)56 16 10 26 62 5
2007-08 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)6 1 1 2 34 1
2007-08 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)53 9 12 21 79 7
2006-07 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)47 3 9 12 56 -8
2005-06 Team Russia IIHF World Championships (Intl.)6 3 1 4 6 +1
2005-06 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 0 0 0 8 -
2005-06 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Playoffs)4 0 2 2 6 1
2005-06 Team Russia ROSNO Cup (EuroTour) (Reg.)1 0 0 0 0 -
2005-06 Dynamo (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)44 12 5 17 117 7
2005-06 Team Russia Ceska Poistovna (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 1 2 3 27 +1
2004-05 Team Russia Sweden Games (EuroTour) (Intl.)3 0 0 0 2 0
2004-05 Team Russia ROSSNO Cup (Intl.)1 0 0 0 2 -
2004-05 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)59 8 10 18 58 -3
2003-04 CSKA (Moscow) Super League (Reg.)10 1 0 1 8 0
2002-03 CSK VVS (Samara) High League (Playoffs)2 0 1 1 0 -
2002-03 CSK VVS (Samara) 2 1st League (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Gazovik (Tyumen) High League (Reg.)0 0 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Avangard VDV (Omsk) 1st League (Reg.)2 0 0 0 0 -
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