Brett Kulak
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Brett Kulak

Hometown:

Stony Plain Alberta

Currently Playing In:

CHL

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
  • D

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.

 

Talent Analysis

Kulak is a defenseman who will not likely wow anyone with any one part of his game.  But he is a steady performer who plays a controlled, heady game that is low on mistakes.  Kulak is not a physical player, but instead relies on good decision-making and playing the angles to do his job.

 

Future

Kulak returns to the Vancouver Giants for a third season as 2013-14 begins. Kulak plays a consistent defensive game with excellent positioning and puck responsibility. The 20-year-old has solid shut down skills, and he is quietly working on his offensive side of his game. Kulak has eight points already in eleven games for the Giants. His development this year will be monitored by Flames management to determine if his improvements will earn him a spot in the pro line up in the next few years.

 

2012 Draft: Top 10 draft eligible prospects from the WHL

by Glen Erickson
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WHL Defenseman Griffin Reinhart

Photo: Griffin Reinhart has asserted himself over the course of the 2011-12 season as one of the top blueliners available in a defense heavy draft. (Zuma Press/Icon SMI)

 

Here's a look at Hockey's Future's top 10 prospects from the Western Hockey League, a group that includes a large batch of elite defensemen.

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