Star Power Potential: Nikolai Kulemin’s Game Mirrors Red Wings’ Super Star

September 5th, 2010 by Jon Neely Leave a reply »
oung NHL players get compared to star players.

It is done to show where an inexperienced player's potential could take them and what it might look like when they get there.

The Toronto Maple Leafs have no shortage of youngsters on their roster for the upcoming 2010-2011 season, but there is one in particular whose play and style is almost the prefect mirror image of an NHL superstar. 

Nikolai Kulemin plays a lot like Pavel Datsyuk.

Datsyuk, the Detroit Red Wings star, has been a major part of two Stanley Cup victories in 2002 and 2008.  He is the second player in history to win the Lady Byng Trophy four consecutive seasons, from 2006-2009, as well as two Selke Trophies, in 2008 and 2009.

The two-time All-Star has led the Red Wings in scoring for the past five seasons.

Nikolai Kulemin has done absolutely nothing in his short NHL career to earn a comparison with Datsyuk and his long list of achievements, and yet the two share a very similar style of play.  Leafs Nation hopes Kulemin accumulates a laundry list similar to his counterpart over the next few years.

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