Brett Kulak
Brett Kulak
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Montreal Canadiens
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Kulak was an unheralded acquisition that turned out to be a shrewd move by general manager Marc Bergevin and an outright win for the Canadiens. Acquired for a couple of AHL regulars, Kulak was stationed at AHL Laval to start the season, but was summoned by the parent club in late November. He stayed with the Habs for the rest of the campaign, setting career highs in goals (6) and assists (11) while posting a plus-12 rating in 57 games. The 25-year-old was often tasked with taking on a top-four role, and had a positive impact on the possession stats of Montreal's top two defensemen, Shea Weber and Jeff Petry, while doing so. The former Flame signed a three-year deal to remain with Montreal in May, and he's expected to return to a top-four role in 2019-20, but he likely won't produce enough offense to warrant consideration in most fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $5.55 million contract with the Canadiens in May of 2019.
Re-enters lineup on second pair
DMontreal Canadiens
October 13, 2019
Kulak returned to the lineup Saturday after being a healthy scratch the last two games. He had an assist, a hit and a block while finishing plus-2 in a 6-3 win over St. Louis.
ANALYSIS
Kulak, who skated with rookie Cale Fleury on the third pair the first two games of the season, returned to action on the second pair with Jeff Petry. The duo played well when together last season and head coach Claude Julien was pleased with Saturday's performance. "He was good tonight," the coach told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette. "I thought he looked more like the guy that we knew. Maybe playing with Petry, he's the young guy on that group. Playing with Cale I think might have been a lot of pressure on him to kind of carry that pair. But no matter what I think, tonight was more like the Kuly that we know." Kulak has one point, three hits and three blocked shots over three games played.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    15:15
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:05
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    0:05
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
12:59
0:03
0:15
2018–19
0:00
0:00
0:00
2018–19
17:51
0:03
0:27
2019–20
15:15
0:05
0:05
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After notching just two goals and eight points in 71 games during the 2017-18 campaign, Kulak earned a one-year, $900,000 deal through arbitration. Drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the 24-year-old has yet to find much NHL success, notching only 11 points in 101 career games. Furthermore, he averaged just under 13 minutes of ice time last year and should be expected to fill a similar role in 2018-19. Kulak doesn't warrant much fantasy attention.
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.
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Off for second straight game
DMontreal Canadiens
October 11, 2019
Kulak was not in the lineup for Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Red Wings.
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Inks three-year deal with Montreal
DMontreal Canadiens
May 25, 2019
Kulak signed a three-year, $5.55 million contract with the Canadiens on Saturday.
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Another two-point night
DMontreal Canadiens
March 28, 2019
Kulak scored and tallied an assist Thursday, but Montreal fell to Columbus, 6-2.
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Scores and draws assist in win
DMontreal Canadiens
March 26, 2019
Kulak finished with two points in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the Panthers.
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Reaches 10-point mark
DMontreal Canadiens
March 7, 2019
Kulak picked up an assist in a 5-2 loss to the Sharks on Thursday.
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