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Nikolai Kulemin

Full name: Nikolai Vladimirovich Kulemin
Team: Toronto Maple Leafs

Number: 41
Position: Left Wing
Height: 6’1”/186 cm
Weight: 220 lbs/100 kg
Shoots: Left
Born: July 14, 1986 in Magnitogorsk, RUS
Drafted: Selected by Toronto Maple Leafs in 2nd round (44th overall) of the 2006 Entry Draft

Strengths: Kulemin is an effective defensively-responsible forward with plenty of speed, grit, and a heavy shot. He rarely gives up fighting for the puck, fits in well on any line he is assigned to, and is reliable in any situation in the game.

Weaknesses: While Kulemin has proved that he is a 30-goal scorer, he sometimes falls into long dry spells throughout the season. He doesn’t seem to take as many shots on net as he is capable of.

Biography: Like his friend and fellow NHL star Evgeni Malkin, Nikolai Kulemin was born and raised in the steelmaking city of Magnitogorsk in the southern Ural Mountains. As a teenager, Kulemin developed with the local Metallurg hockey school and made it to the professional league at the age of 17. In 2004, Kulemin was a member of Russia’s team that won gold at the under-18 championship. In his third professional season, Kulemin was transferred to Magnitogorsk’s main club, which played in the Russian Superleague. The 2006-07 season was a breakthrough year for Nikolai. Not only did his Metallurg win the Superleague championship, but he was also named the league MVP after tallying 27 goals in 54 games. After one more productive season in Russia, Kulemin moved on to play in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team that had drafted him in 2006. Nikolai became one of the few players in Leafs history to score in his first NHL game – it was the gamewinning goal against the Detroit Red Wings. Nikolai’s adjustment to North American hockey and life was eased by the presence of three other Russian speakers on the Maple Leafs – Nikolai Antropov, Alexei Ponikarovsky, and Mikhail Grabovski. Towards the end of the 2009-10 season, Kulemin was promoted to his team’s first line with sniper Phil Kessel and centre Tyler Bozak. In 2010-11, Kulemin emerged as the Leafs’ hardest working player and one of the league’s best two-way forwards. His line with Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur was the team’s most consistent and also arguably the NHL’s most productive second line. Nikolai also broke the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career. In just his fourth NHL season, Nikolai is already the longest-tenured player in Toronto. Kulemin has also played for Russia in five world championship tournaments and has won silver and bronze medals, as well as the gold medal in 2012. During the 2012-13 NHL lockout, Nikolai returned to his hometown to play for Metallurg. Playing on a line with Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Mozyakin, Kulemin scored at more than a point-per-game rate. He returned rejuvenated to Toronto and helped the Leafs make the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons.

Club Stats:

Season Team

GP

G

A

PTS

+/-

PIM

2003-04 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk (RHL-3)

43

8

18

26

91

2004-05 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk (RHL-3)

43

9

13

22

44

2005-06 Metallurg-2 Magnitogorsk (RHL-3)

4

3

1

3

6

2005-06 Metallurg Magnitogorsk

31

5

7

12

8

2006-07 Metallurg Magnitogorsk

54

27

12

39

42

2007-08 Metallurg Magnitogorsk

57

21

12

33

63

2008-09 Toronto (AHL)

5

0

0

0

0

2008-09 Toronto

73

15

16

31

-8

18

2009-10 Toronto

78

16

20

36

0

16

2010-11 Toronto

82

30

27

57

+7

26

2011-12 Toronto

70

7

21

28

+2

6

2012-13 Metallurg Magnitogorsk

36

14

24

38

+25

26

2012-13 Toronto

48

7

16

23

-5

22

Totals RHL/KHL Reg. Season

178

67

55

122

139

Totals RHL Playoffs

37

14

7

21

45

Totals NHL Reg. Season

351

75

100

175

-4

88

Totals NHL Playoffs

7

0

1

1

-9

0

National Team Stats:

Year Tournament

GP

G

A

PTS

PIM

2004 World U18

6

0

2

2

2

2006 World U20

4

4

2

6

25

2006 World Championship

7

1

3

4

2

2007 World Championship

9

2

1

3

0

2010 World Championship

9

3

2

5

25

2011 World Championship

9

1

0

1

2

2012 World Championship 10 1 3 4 0
Totals U18 Level

6

0

2

2

2

Totals U20 Level

4

4

2

6

25

Totals Senior Level

44

8

9

17

29

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