Christopher Ralph is a hockey writer with a focus on prospects and the entry draft, as well as the Leafs’ correspondent here at THW.
“Full Potential” Prospect Profile:
9. Dmitry Kulikov – Moscow, RUS – 6’1″ – 195 lbs – QMJHL – Drummondville – D
One-Timer: Deadly on the powerplay, Kulikov displays tremendous hockey sense and vision. The offensive d-man is exudes great confidence as well, helping him acclimatize rapidly to the North American brand of hockey. The talented puck-moving blueliner also boasts a great shot and is an excellent passer. Interestingly, at this year’s WJC he was a cast in more of a shutdown role and adapted nicely to what was asked of him.
NHL Player(s) Comparison: Sergei Zubov, Andrei Markov
Scouting Combine Performance:
- Gare Joyce reported Kulikov helped his cause via the interview process.
- TSN staff stated that Dmitri had an average workout.
International Tournaments: As noted above, he was cast as a shutdown defenseman, but still managed to register 4 assists.
ETA = 2 to 3 years
Risk-Reward Analysis: Risk = 2/5 Reward = 5/5
NHL Potential: 1st pairing offensive blueliner, with 2-way ability
Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 8.5/10 Defensive = 7.5/10
- ISS: 10
- CSB: 11-NA
- TSN: 11
- THN: 11
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