23-Year-Old Defenseman – Calgary Flames
Kulak was called back up to the NHL on Monday, Roger Millions of Sportsnet reports.
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Kulak split his time between the ECHL and AHL last season, collecting 43 points in 65 combined games. He did see one game at the tail end of the Flames' season, but that was in a largely meaningless game in which the Flames were trying out a handful of new players. Kulak is likely to get as the Flames' sixth defenseman spot in the fall, but odds are high he won't be able to pass up Deryk Engelland or Tyler Wotherspoon and will begin the season in the AHL. If he can gain some experience and build and improve his skills a bit more, the slight defenseman has a better shot at making the big leagues.
Following a 60-point effort in 69 games with the WHL Vancouver Giants in 2013-14, Kulak scored three points in six games with AHL Abbotsford at season's end. Kulak signed a three-year entry-level contract with Calgary in March, so the Flames definitely see potential in the 20-year-old defender. He should get a shot at starting the season with AHL Adirondack.