Pitts wrote:The thing about Kulemin is he's pretty much been forced into that 3rd line role by the Leafs. When he was putting up points, he was playing 1st and 2nd line from what I understand. So, it isn't unreasonable to expect more production when playing top 2 on the Pens (look at Jokinen for example).
The other thing about Kulemin is that he is a third liner who plays well defensively and physically. If he comes here and doesn't fit a scoring line, he won't be out of place on the third line, and actually would make it better. In other words, he's versatile, which would give Bylsma and his staff some flexibility depending on the opponent.