New York Islanders: Players Predictions For The World Cup Of Hockey
Team Russia is one of the favorites to take home the prize in this year’s World Cup, and hopefully, for Russia, Nikolay Kulemin will lead the motherland to victory.
Kulemin, while overpaid on the Islanders, is still an effective piece who has solidified himself as a valuable third/fourth line grinder. He can skillfully score and has outstanding knowledge of his game and how to use it effectively on the ice.
That game being a physical bruiser, whose dump and chase game really yields positive results. He also has shown how effective he can be behind the net and in the corners with his massive and strong build.
If Russia can effectively utilize his size and strength like the islanders do, he will become a devastating force to overcome. The results could prove disastrous for Kulemin if he isn’t given the proper role.
As it stands right now, Kulemin is a third/fourth line winger, a role he should be very familiar with.
But at the same time, it may not be at a level he is familiar with. The pace at the World Cup will be drastically faster and perhaps more intimidating for the winger.
If he keeps his game simple and plays his physical, dump and chase gritty style, the results will be outstanding for the Russian team.
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So recap: Johnny T will continue being a contributor for the Canadians, even with all the superstar talent. Greiss and Halak will bring their goalie dual to the international stage where one is already in a comfortable lead. Kulemin is on the outside looking in for this Russia team. With so much firepower the $4.187 million/year Islander is going to be but a bit player having to wait for his chances to get on the ice.