NHL Prospect Watch: Arturs Kulda

August 3rd, 2010 by Alan Bass Leave a reply »

Latvia is hardly a hockey factory. In fact, only eight players from Latvia have ever suited up for more than 50 NHL games and only Sandis Ozolinsh and Arturs Irbe come anywhere near the realm of household name.

But the Atlanta Thrashers are hoping that number grows to three when 21-year-old defenseman Arturs Kulda makes the NHL squad in the next year or two.

When the Thrashers drafted Kulda with their seventh round pick (200th overall) in the 2006 draft, they figured they could groom him into an NHL regular.

But just what did the Thrashers management see in Kulda?

“A big, strong kid that needed to improve in a number of areas,” said GM Rick Dudley. 

Despite not being part of the management team that drafted him, Dudley is w ...

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