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Nikolay Kulemin | Winger

Team: New York Islanders
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/14/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 226
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Nikolay Kulemin had a goal in the Islanders’ 3-1 win over the Devils on Saturday night.
Kulemin has been a savvy pickup for the Islanders, but he’s not exactly someone to bank on in fantasy leagues. The forward has five goals and 12 points this season. Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas potted the other markers. Cizikas also added an assist. Nov 29 - 9:56 PM

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Nikolay Kulemin seems to be working out on the top line with John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.

Kulemin has made the line better in the defensive zone. "We knew we needed to be better in that area," Tavares said. "Kulie is a guy who doesn't take short cuts. He's helped us be better in our own zone." Kulemin isn't nearly as big of an offensive threat as Tavares or even Okposo, but he's not a bad guy to take a chance on in standard leagues given his linemates.
Nov 13 - 5:02 AM

Nikolai Kulemin had a goal and an assist in the Islanders' 6-0 victory against Colorado on Tuesday.

Kulemin hadn't recorded a point in the Islanders' previous six contests. He has two goals and eight points in 15 games this season.
Nov 12 - 9:24 AM

Nikolai Kulemin practiced alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo on Monday.

The Tavares line was on when the San Jose Sharks' netted the game-winning goal on Saturday. Islanders coach Jack Capuano likely replaced Brock Nelson with Kulemin because he felt Kulemin would do more to help the line defensively.
Nov 4 - 10:58 AM

Nikolai Kulemin has made a good first impression in New York with his defensive efforts.

"He's so strong on the puck, along the wall, he's relentless," linesmate Frans Nielsen said of Kulemin. "It's a great guy to have on your line and on the team." Josh Bailey has also been part of that line, which was frequently used to counter Carolina's top scoring unit on Saturday. Kulemin noted that his linemates, Nielsen and Bailey, are both talented offensively, so he doesn't see himself as part of a pure checking unit. They did combine for the game-winning goal on Saturday.
Oct 13 - 10:36 AM

Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski's agent looked for a team that could take on both during the off-season.

Kulemin and Grabovski enjoyed their time together in Toronto and when both became unrestricted free agents on July 1, their agent, Gary Greenstin, looked for a team that could use both players and got lucky with the Islanders. "It's always tough to come to a new team for me," Grabovski said. "I'm kind of a shy guy, so it's not easy. It's easier with Nikolai here, too. My closest friend in NHL -- our wives are friends, our kids. I feel more comfortable with him around." The Islanders are looking for big years from both but they may be unrealistic if they think that Kulemin can return to the 30 goal season from four seasons ago. He is more in line for 15-18 this season and as such should not be drafted in most fantasy pools at this time.
Sep 27 - 9:50 AM

The New York Islanders' move to Brooklyn appears to have been part of Nikolai Kulemin's willingness to sign with the team.

"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.
Jul 5 - 5:18 PM

Nikolai Kulemin has agreed to a four-year, $16.75 million contract with the New York Islanders.

Kulemin 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.
Jul 2 - 5:01 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to pursue Nikolai Kulemin.

Kulemin 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.
Jul 1 - 11:07 AM

Now 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.

And 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."
Jun 28 - 10:11 AM

Nikolai Kulemin's agent, Gary Greenstin, described contract negotiations with the Maple Leafs as limited.

There'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.
Jun 24 - 4:12 PM

Nikolai Kulemin and Mikhail Grabovski might coordinate as unrestricted free agents this summer to make sure they sign with the same team.

Kulemin 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.
Apr 25 - 1:58 PM

Nikolai Kulemin's agent, Gary Greenstin, had informal talks with director of hockey operations Dave Poulin and assistant GM Claude Loiselle on Monday.

Kulemin 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.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 1 - 8:43 AM

After taking Thursday off Nikolai Kulemin was on the ice for Maple Leaf practice on Friday.

He returned from Sochi late Wednesday 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.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 22 - 11:24 AM

Nikolai Kulemin would "love to stay" in Toronto.

He 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.
Source: Toronto Sun
Feb 6 - 10:48 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1John Tavares
2Mikhail Grabovski
3Frans Nielsen
4Ryan Strome
5Casey Cizikas
6Anders Lee
LW1Michael Grabner
2Matt Martin
3Eric Boulton
4Brock Nelson
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Nikolay Kulemin
3Josh Bailey
4Cal Clutterbuck
D1Lubomir Visnovsky
2Johnny Boychuk
3Nick Leddy
4Calvin De Haan
5Travis Hamonic
6Thomas Hickey
7Matt Carkner
8Brian Strait
9Matt Donovan
G1Jaroslav Halak
2Chad Johnson