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2009 NHL Draft: Dmitry Kulikov

by Staff Writer / Florida Panthers
Leading up to the 2009 draft, Flordiapanthers.com will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. Could the Panthers draft one of these players with their pick in the first round (#14 overall)?


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2009 NHL Entry Draft Site



  Dmitry Kulikov


The Lowdown:
   6-1, 195 pounds
   Defenseman
   Drummondville (Quebec Major Junior
   Hockey League)
   DOB: 10-29-90 – Lipetsk, Russia.
   Final rank: 11. Midterm rank: 17 (NA-S)


The Shinny:
First year in Quebec Major Junior brought lots of recognition including Rookie of the Year, Defensive Rookie of the Year, Best Professional Prospect and Defenseman of the Year.  Had 62 points (12 goals) in 57 games. Also helped Russia to a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships, recording four assists. Drummondville assistant coach Danny Brooks has called him a “multi-faceted defenseman” who can play physical or finesse. Can log a ton of ice time, playing as many as nearly 12 minutes in a period. Some believe he could play next season in the NHL.

NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Bordeleau: "In his first year (in QMJHL) he’s been an all-round good player. He’s a great skater; he can carry the puck and shoot the puck well. He’s strong, too. He can take big hits and they don’t seem to bother him. What we saw this year is likely what we are going to see from Kulikov in the future; he’s going to play the same way in the NHL. He knows when to join the rush, he plays defense first, but recognizes the holes. He can shoot the puck well on the power play and I wouldn’t be surprised if he played in the NHL next year.”

Drummondville assistant coach Danny Brooks: “He could’ve made life easy and stayed in Yaroslavl Locomotiv and been a superstar in the KHL. But his dream is to play in the NHL and bring his family from Russia to North America….He’s a North American player who happens to have a Russian last name.”

Kulikov on Kulikov: “Learning the North American style and learning how to play against the Canadian players” has been the most valuable aspect of his learning experience.

Did you know: If he could invite anyone to dinner it would be NHL defenseman Andrei Markov and Sergei Gonchar.

His Favorites
   NHL Team: Detroit Red Wings
   NHL Player: Montreal’s Andrei Markov
   Movie: American Pie
   Actress: Angelina Jolie
   Artist: Timati (Russian)
   Website: Vkontakte.ru
   Book: The Master and Margarita
   Pump up song: “Animals Ground” by Nickelback
   Home cooked meal: Borsch
   Sport (other than hockey): Soccer, Basketball
   Activity away from the rink: Training
   Place to shop: The Mall at St. Bruno, Montreal
   Place to visit: Greece

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