The Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenceman Dmitry Kulikov from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a conditional fourth round pick for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.
New Jersey’s pick will become a third round selection if the Oilers win a round in this year’s playoffs.
30-year-old Kulikov has two points in 38 games for the Devils this season.
Drafted by the Florida Panthers in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the Lipetsk native has 172 points in 715 career regular season games for the Devils, Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, and Panthers.
Kulikov’s best statistical season came in 2011-2012 with the Panthers. He scored a total of 28 points in 58 games.
Kulikov skated for Drummondville of the QMJHL starting upon his arrival from Russia in 2008-2009 and led all blueliners with 62 points in 57 games. He won a slew of awards and impressed the Panthers, eventually making his NHL debut in October of 2009 against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Kulikov possesses a big point shot and can be a power play asset in the right situation, plus he’s an excellent skater with solid two-way ability. He logs a lot of minutes, but consistency has been an issue throughout his career and he can make mental errors in his own zone.
Kulikov is due to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this season. He signed a one-year deal with the Devils worth $1.150 million in October of 2020, representing a major drop-off from his previous contracts with the Panthers and Jets.
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