Kulak, a native of Stony Plain, Alberta, is in his third full season with the Giants. He's tied for eighth in WHL scoring among defensemen with 14 goals and 46 assists for 60 points and 51 penalty minutes in 69 games.
March Madness is something we all associate with NCAA basketball, and understandably so. It's a time that captures so many people with its excitement, upsets and heroics.
But what many people don't realize is that March also signifies the end is near in fantasy hockey. If you're in head-to-head leagues your playoffs have just begun. If you're in points leagues or the traditional rotisserie league, you're likely holding on for dear life or fighting to climb in the standings despite time running out. In a way, the month of March is fantasy hockey's own March Madness.
In lieu of the NCAA tournament, let's have a college basketball-themed look at some key fantasy hockey forward storylines:
The No. 1 seed -- Florida = Sidney Crosby
The Gators earned the top overall seed in the tournament, and in fantasy hockey Crosby has been far and away the best player in the game. He consistently has contributed in all categories and he's the only player currently on pace for more than 100 points (108).
The unbeaten -- Wichita St. = Alex Ovechkin
The Shockers are 34-0 heading into the tournament and will look to see if they can stay unbeaten through March. Ovechkin looks like he's a runaway to be unbeaten for the second straight season in the goal-scoring category. With 45 goals in 65 games (nine more than Corey Perry's 36, who ranks second), Ovechkin continues to shine as the NHL's best pure goal-scorer.
Roy, now the coach of the Colorado Avalanche, will face the Canadiens as a competitor for the first time since Nov. 6, 2001 when Montreal hosts Colorado (7:30 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS, ALT).
"I learned a lot from this franchise," Roy said of the Canadiens on Monday. "It helped me to become the person I am. Not only the person I am, but also the player I was."
Here's a closer look at the action Tuesday:
MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota assistant coach Mike Guentzel has coached plenty of players who went on to become NHL defensemen in his time with the Golden Gophers.
Since becoming an assistant coach at Minnesota 20 years ago, Guentzel has seen players such as Jordan Leopold of the St. Louis Blues, Paul Martin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Alex Gologoski of the Dallas Starsand Erik Johnson of the Colorado Avalanche come through the program en route to the NHL.
Reilly, a sophomore, is a late-bloomer who finally is starting to add some pro size to his already elite skill.
"When I was in ninth grade I was about 5-foot-4 and about 100 pounds," Reilly said. "Ever since then I've just kept growing and getting stronger. There's still a lot of muscle I can put on. I'm just focused on putting on the correct muscle."
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Though their coach was in the press conference room at Bell Centre answering questions from a familiar bilingual media for 30 minutes on Monday, the Colorado Avalanche players were free to venture out in one of North America's finest cities for an afternoon away from hockey, away from the rink. It was a quick, but well-earned respite.
The Avalanche flew to Montreal after beating the Ottawa Senators 3-1 at Canadian Tire Centre on Sunday. The win was their third in the past four games and seventh in 10 since coming back from the break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The two points they earned in Ottawa lifted Colorado back into second place in the Central Division, one point ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks.
It's amazing how quickly things have changed in Denver with Patrick Roy as coach.
It could be argued Roy was the historic franchise's greatest Stanley Cup Playoff hero, playing goal behind two teams in 1986 and 1993 that had no business winning the championship, but did almost exclusively because of him.
The Stanley Cup victory in 1993 was the 24th in Canadiens history, by far the most in the NHL.
It was also the most-recent.
TSN's Bob McKenzie reported Monday that Nolan has agreed to a three-year extension to remain in Buffalo and the contract has been turned over to lawyers. McKenzie added the deal is being finalized and is not done quite yet.
The Sabres are 15-26-7 since Nolan replaced Ron Rolston on an interim basis on Nov. 13. Buffalo was 4-15-1 when Nolan took over.
Saad sustained an upper-body injury in the second period of the Blackhawks' 4-1 win against the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday and did not return to the game.
Graves, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound left-shot defenseman, had 22 points and a plus-20 rating in 65 games with the Charlottetown Islanders and Val-d'Or Foreurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season.
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