Dmitri Kulikov (ice hockey)
October 29, 1990 |
Lipetsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)|
|NHL Draft||14th overall, 2009
Kulikov began his career in his homeland Russia with Lokomotiv-2 Yaroslavl in the Pervaya Liga and left his club in November 2008 to sign for the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In his lone season with Drummondville, Kulikov led all Quebec League blueliners with 62 points in 57 games, and took home a slew of postseason hardware, including the Emile Bouchard Trophy as the QMJHL Defenceman of the Year; the Raymond Lagacé Trophy as the Defensive Rookie of the Year; and the Mike Bossy Trophy as the league's best pro prospect.
Despite his age, Kulikov managed to play in 68 games with the Florida Panthers, showing high levels of skill and confidence. Kulikov owns tremendous offensive insticts and boasts plenty of projection in his frame and all-around upside. Dale Tallon, the current Florida Panthers General Manager has expressed that they have very high expectations on the young defenceman. He is considered to be the first step in the rebuilding process of this NHL franchise, along with prospects Jacob Markström, Erik Gudbranson and Jonathan Huberdeau.
Regular season and playoffs
|Junior int'l totals||20||0||10||10||16|
|Senior int'l totals||18||2||3||5||12|
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- Dmitri Kulikov's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Dmitri Kulikov's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Dmitri Kulikov – player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
- Dmitri Kulikov's player profile at NHL.com
|Florida Panthers first round draft pick