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The Skinny: Grabovski and Kulemin

Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers behind the Isles newest acquisitions

Thursday, 07.03.2014 / 1:27 PM / News
By Eric Hornick
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The Skinny: Grabovski and Kulemin
Islanders statistician Eric Hornick breaks down the numbers behind the Isles newest acquisitions

The Isles made a big splash on Day Two of the Free Agent Frenzy, signing forwards Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin to nearly-matching 4 year contracts.

Here's some Skinny on the two newest Islanders:

Mikhail Grabovski joins his third team in three years. The Toronto Maple Leafs bought out Grabovksi one year after signing him to a long-term contract. “Grabbo” spent last season with the Capitals before he become an unrestricted free agent. Grabovski has recorded 107-145-252 in 425 NHL games; his best season came in 2010-11, when he went 29-29-58 for the Leafs, as a linemate of Nikolai Kulemin.

The analytics guys love Grabovski; his career 5-on-5 Corsi is 52.6%; he led all NHL forwards (minimum 50 games) in Corsi-for % this past season. He went 13-22-35 in 58 games for the Caps last season -- but he saw little time on the PP (1:26 per game) with Washington. While he was born in East Germany, Grabovski grew up in Belarus and put up some big numbers for his country in the World Championships. With his home country playing host this past May, he went 4-4-8, +4 in six games, including three game-winning goals.

Face-offs are a big part of Grabovski's game; he won 54% last season (no Islander won more than he lost).

Nikolai Kulemin will turn 28 later this month. Kulemin joins the Isles after spending his entire NHL career with the Leafs. He has gone 84-111-195 in 425 games. However, Kulemin went 61-63-124 in his first three seasons but is only 23-48-71 in 188 games over the last three seasons.

Kulemin, who scored 30 goals in 2010-11 also has significant international experience (for Russia); he scored seven points in 10 games for Russia in the 2014 World Championships, and also played for the team in the 2014 Olympics. Kulemin will need a new number as his #41 is already taken by Jaroslav Halak.

Tuesday’s additions brings the total to six players that were not with the Isles at the end of last season that have one-way contracts for the upcoming campaign.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 48 27 13 8 143 124 62
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 TOR 49 22 23 4 143 152 48
11 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 48 18 22 8 109 135 44
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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