Dmitri Kulikov (ice hockey)
October 29, 1990 |
Lipetsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
|NHL Draft||14th overall, 2009
Dmitri Vladimirovich Kulikov (Russian: Дми́трий Влади́мирович Кулико́в; born October 29, 1990) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenceman currently playing for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was drafted by the Panthers in the first round, 14th overall, at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
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 (QMJHL) in North America. In his lone season with Drummondville, Kulikov led all QMJHL defencemen with 62 points in 57 games, and took home a slew of post-season awards, 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 top professional prospect.
After his rookie year with the Voltigeurs, Kulikov was drafted by the Florida Panthers 14th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, and was later signed to a professional contract the club on September 29, 2009.
Despite his age, Kulikov managed to play in 68 games with Florida in his rookie season, 2009–10, displaying high levels of skill and confidence. Current Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon has expressed that the Panthers organization has high expectations of Kulikov in the future, and he is considered the first step in the rebuilding process of the franchise, alongside with prospects Jacob Markström (since traded to the Vancouver Canucks), Erik Gudbranson and Jonathan Huberdeau.
On July 18, 2014, Kulikov signed a three-year, $13 million contract extension with the Panthers, worth $4.3 million annually.
Regular season and playoffs
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- "Panthers Re-Sign Kulikov to Three-Year, $13M Deal". TSN. 2014-07-18. Retrieved 2014-08-17.
- "Russian Hockey NHL Prospects - Dmitry Kulikov Florida Panthers". Russianprospects.com. 2010-10-02. Retrieved 2010-10-02.
- Dmitri Kulikov's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Dmitri Kulikov's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Dmitri Kulikov (ice hockey) profile at Eurohockey.com
- Dmitri Kulikov's player profile at NHL.com
|Florida Panthers first round draft pick