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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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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