Brett Kulak, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 175

Born: 1994-01-06

Hometown: Stony Plain, AB, Canada

Undrafted: 4th round in 2012, 105th overall by Calgary

 

 

 

 

 

 

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March 2014 - Kulak took a bit of a hit to his defensive numbers in his sophomore season with the Giants in 2012-13. After leading the team in +/- in his rookie season with a respectable plus-28, he saw that figure drop to a ghastly minus-34 during a rebuilding year in Vancouver. Granted, he did nearly double his offensive production from 22 points to 44 points (including 12 goals). This season, Kulak took his offensive game to a new level potting 60 points (14 goals) in 69 games and finishing the regular season ranked eighth in WHL scoring among defensemen. The puck-moving rear-guard has become somewhat of a leader on his Giants squad and sports an 'A' on his jersey to show for it. He moves well and his shot continues to improve from the point. Although the offensive production is somewhat welcomed from the 20-year-old, it's the fact his defensive game took another step forward that shines through. He turned the minus-34 into a much more palatable minus-8 this season and then chipped in with three points in four playoff games before Vancouver was bounced from the WHL post-season in a four game sweep at the hands of the Winterhawks. Kulak shows a commitment to getting stronger and improving on both sides of the puck. He'll need it, he saw four games with the AHL's Heat to close the season last year and will likely join the team once again this year. With Abbotsford headed to the playoffs it is unknown how much ice he will see but you never know, he may even get some time in pressure situations. Kulak signed a three year entry level contract earlier this month. Brad Wilson

 

 

April 2012 – Kulak had an impressive rookie season in the WHL where he came out of nowhere to become one of the Vancouver Giants most reliable defenseman. He plays a safe and quiet game that has translated to some impressive numbers. In addition to putting up 24 points, he also registered a plus-29 rating. Kulak will have to build more strength and become a more physical defender. While he is a good stick checker, he doesn’t take the body nearly enough. His smarts and sound positional play make him a safe bet to get drafted.

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: C-

 

A two-way defender who moves the puck well and shows a willingness to get his nose dirty. Upside of second pairing but likely a couple of years away from a crack at the NHL. Look for Kulak to continue to develop on the Flames' farm team in Abbotsford in 2014-15.

 

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