Assessing Nikolai Kulemin; Part II - Defence

Cam Charron
June 27 2012 10:25AM

Part I of this series, from earlier today, looks at Kulemin's offensive potential.

This post will focus more on defence, and, admittedly, it isn't as sexy of a concept, but it's important nonetheless. Players spend half of a hockey game focusing on scoring goals, and the other half of their mindset has to be preventing them at the other end. One goal against negates one goal for, so one prevented goal must logically equal one goal.

A problem is that we don't have traditional statistics to calculate defensive production or ability. There are no 20-goal or 30-goal preventers as there are 20-goal or 30-goal scorers, but they must exist in some capacity. It's possible that Kulemin may be one of those guys.

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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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