Brett Kulak
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Brett Kulak

Hometown:

Stony Plain Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1994-01-06

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2012

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2012

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

4th round (105th overall), 2012

Weight:

175 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Brett Kulak skated for the PAC Saints and was named Alberta minor midget’s Defenseman of the Year. In 32 games he scored 4 goals with 34 assists and had 42 penalty minutes. In ten playoff games he scored 2 goals with 8 assists and had 14 penalty minutes.

2010-11: Kulak made his WHL debut with Vancouver at the beginning of the season before returning to Alberta to play for the St. Albert Raiders in the AMHL. Selected by the Giants in the ninth round (197th overall) of the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Kulak was scoreless and minus-one in three games with Vancouver. In 31 games with the Raiders he scored 9 goals with 18 assists and had 71 penalty minutes. In five playoff games, he had 1 goal and 1 assist.

2011-12: Kulak was one of two players to play in all 72 games for Vancouver in his first full WHL season. He scored 9 goals with 15 assists and was plus-28 with 22 penalty minutes for the Giants. Vancouver finished second in the B.C. Division behind Kamloops. In the Giants’ six-game playoff series with Spokane he had 4 assists and was minus-one with 2 penalty minutes. Kulak was invited to the NHL Draft Combine and ranked 55th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.

2012-13: Kulak made his pro hockey debut — skating in four games with Calgary AHL affiliate Abbotsford in April following his second WHL season. He had no points nor penalty minutes and was -1 with the Heat. Abbotsford missed the playoffs after finishing fourth in the North Division. Kulak skated in all 72 games for the Vancouver Giants for the second straight season. He was the Giants’ third-leading scorer (and top scorer amongst defensemen) with 12 goals and 32 assists and was -34 with 34 penalty minutes. Vancouver finished last in the B.C. Division with the WHL’s worst record; winning 21 games.

2013-14: Kulak signed a three-year entry-level contract with Calgary in March 2014 and again joined AHL affiliate Abbotsford following his WHL season. In six regular season games with the Heat he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +5 with 2 penalty minutes. Abbotsford  finished second in the West Division before losing to Grand Rapids in a first round series. Kulak played in all four games against the Griffins and had an even plus/minus with no points and 2 penalty minutes.  He was among the scoring leaders amongst WHL defensemen in his third season with the Vancouver Giants, scoring 14 goals with 46 assists (both career highs), and was -8 with 51 penalty minutes. The Giants finished third in the B.C. Division and were swept by Portland in a first round playoff series. Kulak scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was an even plus/minus with 7 penalty minutes against the Winterhawks. 

Talent Analysis

Kulak is is an offensively-inclined defenseman who will not likely wow anyone with any one part of his game.  He is a steady performer who plays a controlled, heady game but is still a work in progress in terms of his physical strength and positional play. Kulak is not a physical player but relies on good decision-making and playing the angles to do his job. Still developing in terms of being a defenseman at the pro level, he must continue to develop all areas of his game.

Future

Kulak attended training camp with the Flames before being assigned to AHL affiliate Adirondack. He was subsequently loaned to the ECHL's Colorado Eagles and played 30 games before re-joining Adirondack in February. Still fairly early in the maturation process, Kulak's ability to read the play suggests he can eventually contribute at both ends of the ice at the NHL level. In the first year of his original entry-level contract he will likely spend most of that time at the minor level before he is ready to challenge for an NHL spot.

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