Assessing Nikolai Kulemin; Part I - Shooting and scoring

Cam Charron
June 27 2012 08:04AM

Unbelievably, it's impossible to find a scathing indictment of Nikolai Kulemin to dissect and disprove, as Toronto Maple Leafs media have come to grips with the concept of "shooter regression".

Nikolai Kulemin scored 30 goals in the 2011 NHL season, only to drop to seven in the very next year. A lot of this is due to the fact that Kulemin's 17.3% shooting rate from a season ago just wasn't sustainable and was bound to drop. It took quite a tumble, falling well below normal levels and landing at 6.5% on the season.

But there's a piece of worrisome data ahead, as well as a redeeming one.

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Let's Give Grandpa Cliff Some Credit

JP Nikota
June 26 2012 07:16PM

 As Mats Sundin is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, I think it's only fair that we give a little credit to the man that brought him to Toronto.

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Mats Sundin to be inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

Danny Gray
June 26 2012 01:04PM

The only reason I was happy Kaberle was traded to the Habs. Photo via Getty Images

Accoridng to @theScoreTicker Sundin will join Joe Sakic, Pavel Bure, and Adam Oates as the Class of 2012.

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Scoring chances, Corsi, and why Mikhail Grabovski is great

Cam Charron
June 26 2012 10:48AM

When I first joined The LeafsNation, I had a few people asking questions as to whether I'd be counting scoring chances or not for the team next season. The gut reaction was "yes" because it's always good to have a bit more data to analyze, but there's really no point.

Eric T. of Broad Street Hockey, and recently NHLNumbers, came out with a piece today about scoring chances and Corsi that can be found here. For those unfamiliar with the concept of Corsi, please read on.

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Which Leafs received qualifying offers?

Cam Charron
June 26 2012 06:40AM

Monday was the deadline for qualifying restricted free agents. It's not unheard of for the news to break a couple of days after the fact.

After "the big four" restricted free agents of Ben Scrivens, Cody Franson, Nikolai Kulemin and Matt Frattin, the Leafs have a few other players to qualify. Korbinian Holzer, the big German defenceman and former Olympian who impressed with the Marlies last season, is one of them.

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