|Assets:||Has sound instincts at both ends of the ice. A mobile skater with a keen sense of anticipation, he owns plenty of skill to produce points at the highest level. Smart and physically strong, he can play either wing position.|
|Flaws:||Must shoot a little more and start burying more of his chances in order to maximize offensive production in the NHL. Needs to do a better job of utilizing his physical gifts. Can be prone to prolonged scoring funks.|
|Career Potential:||Solid, versatile two-way winger.|
|7/02/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Islanders to a four-year contract.|
|11/02/2013||Missed 12 games (ankle injury).|
|10/05/2013||Ankle injury, injured reserve.|
|9/17/2012||Signed with Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL).|
|7/20/2012||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a two-year contract.|
|4/07/2012||Missed the last 12 regular season games (broken finger).|
|3/15/2012||Broken finger, sidelined indefinitely.|
|7/02/2010||Re-signed as a restricted free agent by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a two-year contract.|
|10/01/2009||Recalled from Toronto (AHL).|
|9/30/2009||Assigned to Toronto (AHL).|
|3/21/2009||Missed 1 game (personal reasons).|
|3/19/2009||Personal reasons, day-to-day.|
|1/26/2009||Recalled from Toronto (AHL).|
|1/23/2009||Assigned to Toronto (AHL).|
|1/21/2009||Missed 4 games (ankle injury).|
|1/13/2009||Ankle injury, day-to-day.|
|1/11/2009||Recalled from Toronto (AHL).|
|1/07/2009||Assigned to Toronto (AHL).|
|5/24/2007||Signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|7/02/2014||Signed as an unrestricted free agent by the New York Islanders.|
|6/24/2006||Drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2nd round (44th overall) in 2006.|
Nikolai Kulemin looks forward to Brooklyn | 07/05/2014 5:18 PM
NewsThe New York Islanders' move to Brooklyn appears to have been part of Nikolai Kulemin's willingness to sign with the team.
Impact"I think it's going to be great to get a new building. It's going to be a good experience to play there," he said when asked if he was excited about the move. "I know a lot of Russian people live in the Brooklyn area, so it'll be a good experience for us and maybe a lot of Russia fans will start going to the games." He inked a four-year deal with the Islanders and the team is expected to cal Barclays Center in Brooklyn home for the 2015-2016 season.
Nikolai Kulemin joins New York Islanders | 07/02/2014 5:01 PM
NewsNikolai Kulemin has agreed to a four-year, $16.75 million contract with the New York Islanders.
Arthur Staple on Twitter
ImpactKulemin is reuniting with former Maple Leafs teammate Mikhail Grabovski and it wouldn't be surprising to see them play regularly on the second line together. Kulemin is coming off of a rough season where he scored just nine goals and 20 points in 70 contests, but he has the potential to flirt with the 50-point mark in 2014-15.
Penguins interested in Nikolai Kulemin | 07/01/2014 11:07 AM
NewsThe Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to pursue Nikolai Kulemin.
ImpactKulemin has experience playing alongside Evgeni Malkin in the KHL and if the duo is reunited in Pittsburgh, then it will be very good for Kulemin's fantasy value. Kulemin is coming off of a rough season where he recorded just nine goals and 20 points in 70 games.
Penguins may go after forward Nikolai Kulemin | 06/28/2014 10:11 AM
NewsNow that he has traded James Neal (to the Nashville Predators), new Pittsburgh general manager Jim Rutherford has some salary-cap room for the purpose of pursuing free agents.
ImpactAnd Rutherford openly says he will try to please Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin with a free-agent acquisition. Rutherford could be alluding to Nikolai Kulemin, who has been playing with the Maple Leafs but will be allowed to test free agency on July 1. Kulemin and Malkin are close friends. "I'm not going to name any names," Rutherford said. "But we think we can get somebody who can fit."
Nikolai Kulemin may test free agent waters | 06/24/2014 4:12 PM
NewsNikolai Kulemin's agent, Gary Greenstin, described contract negotiations with the Maple Leafs as limited.
ImpactThere's still time for them to pick up, but it looks like Kulemin will be allowed the test free agency on July 1. He started close to 66 percent of his shifts in the defensive end last year and ended up with a career-worst 20 points in 70 games. If he wants more of an offensive role then it might be his best interest to leave the only club he has ever played for.
Kulemin, Grabovski might sign with same team | 04/25/2014 1:58 PM
NewsNikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski might coordinate as unrestricted free agents this summer to make sure they sign with the same team.
ImpactKulemin and Grabovski spent five seasons together with the Maple Leafs before Grabovski was bought out and he signed a one-year deal with Washington. That contributes to the idea that Kulemin won't re-sign with Toronto. It doesn't help that Kulemin was also unhappy with the fact that he got next to no power-play ice time in 2013-14.
Nikolai Kulemin's agent speaks with Leafs | 04/01/2014 8:43 AM
NewsNikolai Kulemin's agent, Gary Greenstin, had informal talks with director of hockey operations Dave Poulin and assistant GM Claude Loiselle on Monday.
ImpactKulemin can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer. His current deal carries an annual average value of $2.8 million, but he's unlikely to make that same amount once that agreement expires. Kulemin has played all 415 of his career contest with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Kulemin returns from Russia and practices | 02/22/2014 11:24 AM
NewsAfter taking Thursday off Nikolai Kulemin was on the ice for Maple Leaf practice on Friday.
ImpactHe returned from Sochi late Wednedsay and got the day off from Toronto head coach Randy Carlyle. Friday he skated on a line alongside Dave Bolland and Mason Raymond. Russia had a very disappointing Olympic hockey experience and the Leafs are hopeful Kulemin will be able to shake it off.
Nikolai Kulemin wants to stay in Toronto | 02/06/2014 10:48 AM
NewsNikolai Kulemin would "love to stay" in Toronto.
ImpactHe has played all 397 games of his NHL career with the Maple Leafs. Kulemin's name has surfaced in trade rumors and he's eligible for unrestricted free agency in the summer. He has been playing on the team's second line of late with Nazem Kadri and Joffrey Lupul. Kulemin has eight goals and 16 points in 46 games.
Nikolai Kulemin scores lone Toronto goal | 01/24/2014 12:10 AM
NewsMaple Leafs' Nikolai Kulemin scored the only Toronto goal in a devastating 7-1 loss to Dallas.
ImpactKulemin's goal was his seventh of the campaign. Given his defensive responsibilities, he's not worth of a roster spot in fantasy leagues. Nazem Kadri and Carl Gunnarsson picked up the only assists on the marker.
Nikolai Kulemin scores in loss to Blues | 12/13/2013 8:00 AM
NewsNikolai Kulemin notched his third goal of the season in Thursday's loss to St. Louis.
ImpactHe scored 30 goals in 2010-11 but he hasn't come close to regaining that form in his past two seasons. Kulemin has three markers and seven points in 21 contests this year.
Nikolai Kulemin nets a goal Saturday | 11/17/2013 11:18 AM
NewsNikolai Kulemin scored a goal in Saturday's 4-2 win over Buffalo.
ImpactKulemin now has three points in eight games this season. He got off to a decent start this season, but things were quickly derailed by an ankle injury that kept him on the sidelines for a month.
Kulemin a little rusty on return to lineup | 11/03/2013 12:30 PM
NewsNikolai Kulemin seemed a little rusty on his return to action Saturday night.
ImpactThat's understandable since he had been out of action with an ankle injury for a month. Kulimen will likely need a few games to get his timing and conditioning back. Keep him on reserve until you see him turn the corner.
Leafs take Nikolai Kulemin off IR | 11/02/2013 3:57 PM
NewsNikolai Kulemin has been removed from Toronto's injured list.
James Mirtle on Twitter
ImpactHis activation makes it likely that he'll play Saturday night in Vancouver. Kulemin is projected to play with Jay McClement and Joffrey Lupul in the contest, which is where he practiced on Friday.
Kulemin returns to action Saturday v Canucks | 11/02/2013 11:04 AM
NewsLook for Nikolai Kulemin to return to action Saturday against Vancouver.
Jonas Siegel Twitter
ImpactHe has been out of action since October 2nd with an ankle injury but is ready to play. The Maple Leafs will have to make a roster move to accomodate Kulemin's return and get under the salary cap. No word yet on who may be farmed out.
Nikolai Kulemin thinks he's ready to return | 11/01/2013 6:17 PM
NewsNikolai Kulemin (ankle) feels good to play on Saturday.
Mark Masters on Twitter
ImpactKulemin took part in Friday's practice and skated on a line with Joffrey Lupul and Jay McClement. Kulemin has been out since Oct. 2.
Nikolai Kulemin might rejoin Leafs Saturday | 11/01/2013 3:58 PM
NewsNikolai Kulemin (ankle) might return to Toronto's lineup on Saturday.
Jonas Siegel on Twitter
ImpactKulemin practiced on a line with Joffrey Lupul and Jay McClement on Friday. He has two assists in two games this season.
Nikolai Kulemin expects to return this week | 10/29/2013 7:59 AM
NewsNikolai Kulemin expects to return to Toronto's lineup at some point during their Western Canada road trip.
ImpactThe Leafs play Tuesday and Wednesday in Edmonton and Calgary, respectively, prior to playing against Vancouver on Saturday. Kulemin has been out of action since blocking a shot in practice on Oct. 4 and suffering a chipped bone in his ankle.
Nikolai Kulemin could return next week | 10/25/2013 9:45 AM
NewsNikolai Kulemin (ankle) skated Thursday.
ImpactHe is eligible to come off Toronto's injured list next week on the team's Western Canadian road trip. Kulemin hasn't played since Oct. 2.
Nikolai Kulemin (ankle) hasn't skated yet | 10/17/2013 8:21 AM
NewsNikolai Kulemin (ankle) hasn't resumed skating yet.
ImpactHe was slated to miss at least two weeks after a chipped bone was discovered in his ankle. Kulemin had two assists in two games to open the season before getting hurt.
Leafs lose Kulemin for at least two weeks | 10/05/2013 2:11 PM
NewsNikolai Kulemin is expected to miss at least two weeks with a chipped bone in his ankle.
ImpactKulemin had two assists and a plus-2 rating in the Leafs' first two games of the season, but he didn't register a single shot on goal.
Kulemin only 3rd line holdover this season | 09/21/2013 11:56 AM
NewsThe Maple Leafs have completely overhauled their third line for this season.
ImpactNikolai Kulemiin will be the only holdover from the 2012-13 campaign. He will likely skate alongside newcomers Dave Bolland and tryout Mason Raymond on what could potentially be one of the stronger third units the Buds have iced in a decade. Don't discount any of these players becuase they will only get 12-15 minutes of ice time per game. They are all capable of registering at least 40 points this season.
Goals starting to come for Leafs' Kulemin | 03/27/2013 12:35 PM
NewsNikolai Kulemin has rediscovered some of his scoring touch of late.
ImpactHe had two goals in his first 28 contests, but he has scored in three of his past six outings. "The difference has been his skating and his awareness away from the puck and the recognition that when his center or lineman has the puck that he moves to a hole or moves off the puck. He's doing that more effectively," coach Randy Carlyle said. "He's a big, strong guy who can skate ... He's got a quick wrist shot ... It's nice to see it's part of his ammunition." It also doesn't hurt that he's been riding shotgun with productive center Nazem Kadri, which has helped him snap out of his funk.
Coach Carlyle splits up Kulemin and Grabovski | 03/15/2013 9:38 AM
NewsNikolai Kulemin has one assist in his last eight games.
ImpactHe was separated from long-time linemate Mikhail Grabovski in Thursday's defeat against Pittsburgh. Grabovski played between Leo Komarov and Matt Frattin, while Kulemin skated with Nazem Kadri and Clarke MacArthur. "I thought it had a positive effect," coach Randy Carlyle said of the changes. "We were more balanced and we did create more offence. It wasn't the type of up-and-down game you'd expect from Pittsburgh, it was more a checking type of game and we did our fair share."
Nikolai Kulemin posts 2 points on Monday | 02/26/2013 11:30 AM
NewsNikolai Kulemin potted a goal and added an assist in Toronto's 4-2 win over Philadelphia Monday.
ImpactThe marker was just his second of the season and it represented his 70th as a Leaf. Kulemin scored 30 goals in 2010-11, but the last two seasons have been a struggle for him to find the back of the net. He has collected 10 assists and 38 hits in 20 games this campaign though.
Kulemin is bouncing back from 11-12 slump | 02/02/2013 6:49 PM
NewsNikolai Kulemin is off to a great start this season.
ImpactKulemin has a goal and six points in seven games. He probably won't maintain that pace, but he should do far better than his 28-point 2011-12 campaign would lead you to believe.
|Goals||1||9 times-last:vs. TB||last:Mar 19||1|
|Assists||1||11 times-last:at NYR||last:Mar 5||3|
|Points||2||vs. Chi||Dec 14||3|
|Penalty Minutes||4||at Wsh||Jan 10||4|
|Plus/Minus||2||2 times-last:vs. Car||last:Dec 29||3|
|Power Play Goals||0||70 times-last:at Ott||last:Apr 12||0|
|Power Play Points||0||70 times-last:at Ott||last:Apr 12||0|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||70 times-last:at Ott||last:Apr 12||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||70 times-last:at Ott||last:Apr 12||0|
|Shots||4||2 times-last:vs. Chi||last:Dec 14||6|
|Penalty Minutes||26||2010-11 (Tor)|
|Power Play Goals||5||2010-11 (Tor)|
|Shorthanded Goals||1||2 times-last: 2010-11 (Tor)|
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