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Edmonton Oilers player review and 2023-24 preview: Brett Kulak

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Photo credit:© Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports
Zach Laing
8 months ago
Welcome to the 2022-23 season review and 2023-24 season preview player-by-player! In this and other articles, we’ll be, well, reviewing the 2022-23 season of Edmonton Oilers players and previewing their 2023-24 season. You can read about the analytics behind my analysis here.
Welcome back, Brett Kulak.
5×5NHL GPTOI + TOI/GPG – A – PCFCACF%SCFSCASCF%GFGAGF%xGFxGAxGF%PDO
Individual821251.7313-3-161117114149.4757055650.62565251.8557.154.8950.991.01
Per/6015.270.60-0.00-0.653.5454.6927.3226.652.682.492.742.63
Per/60, RelTm%-6.42.67-4.07-5.55-0.53-4.12-0.33-0.1-1.93-0.310.11-3.77
In terms of depth defencemen go, Brett Kulak might be one of the best the Oilers have had in a long time. Acquired in a deadline deal with the Montreal Canadiens a year and a half ago, he stepped into the Oilers lineup and made an immediate positive impact.
He helped solidify a shaky defence and played a big role in the clubs ability to get to the Western Conference finals. While last season may not have been flashy from him, he was about as good as you could ask a defenceman to be. He was + in terms of 5×5 goal share, and posted underlying numbers that more than kept him in the mix.
For Kulak himself, however, it was a step back in terms of past production but now he has a chance to step in again this season and turn that around. The addition of Mattias Ekholm last year knocked him down the depth chart, and allowed him to work in depth roles against softer competition.
All this, mind you, as he scored a career-high 20 point last season. He may not put up that kind of offensive production again in a season, but what he will do is provide more than enough stability to the depth of the Oilers’ blueline.

KULAK’S CAREER SO FAR

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLgeGPGAPtsPIM+/-GPGAPtsPIM
2010-11Vancouver GiantsWHL30000-1
2011-12Vancouver GiantsWHL7291524222860442
2012-13Vancouver GiantsWHL7212324434-34
2012-13Abbotsford HeatAHL40000-1
2013-14Vancouver GiantsWHL6914466051-841237
2013-14Abbotsford HeatAHL61232540002
2014-15Adirondack FlamesAHL26491327-2
2014-15Colorado EaglesECHL3992130159
2014-15Calgary FlamesNHL100020
2015-16Calgary FlamesNHL80000-2
2015-16Stockton HeatAHL593141736-9
2016-17Calgary FlamesNHL2103312-3
2016-17Stockton HeatAHL22281014750444
2017-18Calgary FlamesNHL7126827-3
2018-19Laval RocketAHL19381142
2018-19Montreal CanadiensNHL57611173112
2019-20Montreal CanadiensNHL5607712-1100330
2020-21Montreal CanadiensNHL46268203130114
2021-22Montreal CanadiensNHL563101333-10
2021-22Edmonton OilersNHL182681261605512
2022-23Edmonton OilersNHL82317204111121129
NHL Totals
416186684190511101125

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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