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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Kirill Tulupov Invited To Oilers Training Camp?

Our good friend at @OilersReport was reporting today that he's heard that former New Jersey Devils draft pick, Kirill Tulupov will (or possibly did) get an invitation to the Oilers training camp.

I did some digging on him and it turns out he was quite the nasty defenceman at the time of his draft. The tale of the tape says he's 6'3" and 220lbs, but who knows what he's at right now. It sounds like he has an accurate boomer of a slap shot and he's not afraid to get his nose dirty. The bright side is he's only 23 years old and is looking for some NHL employment. The Oilers could use a guy like that.

The New Jersey Devils selected him in 2006 in the 3rd round and 67th overall and I don't know why they parted ways.

He played 2 seasons in Chicoutimi (juniors) and 2 seasons in Victoriaville (juniors) before heading back to Europe to play his hockey over there.

Here's what I don't get. Why did he play on 4 different teams last year? Something smells fishy here.


- He played 4 games with Spartak Moskva in the KHL.  He had no points and just 8 penalty minutes.

- He played 9 games with Krylia Sovetov of the VHL. He scored once and he had 1 assist to go with 18 penalty minutes.

- He played 7 games with Molot-Prikamie Perm of the VHL. He only picked up an assist and 6 penalty minutes with that club.

- He played 6 games with Sary-Arka Karaganda of the Kazakhstan league. He had 1 assist and 10 penalty minutes.

All that change in one season of hockey? Makes you wonder why. If that isn't a red flag for taking a serious look into why that happened and what's wrong with him, then what is?

I guess we will see if he really is/does get invited for a try out with the Oilers. Can/will he impress?

So far, not that great.


1 comment:

  1. A player bouncing around the higher teir leagues over in Russia doesnt mean that there is anything wrong with him as a player, I know your sitting there thinking "oh afew teams in one season, I bet he has an attitude or an ongoing injury" but jesus man, look at his bio and his stats. A solid big defenseman who skates well, has great vision and can throw hits like a freight train.

    If I ever had a player like that in my system I would be rubbing my hands together. In short, who cares if he played for afew teams in one season, I played for more in a couple of seasons while playing in Europe, contracts are smaller terms and players use that to see Europe and experience the cultures.

    You are prob one of those bitter old players who never got anywhere, or a know it all superfan making posts from your basement. Looking at your post I would assume the later, all I can say is, you know nothing about hockey. Good day


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