Edmonton Oil Kings forward Edgars Kulda celebrates a goal against his team's WHL rival

NHL Draft: Can Edgars Kulda go from Memorial Cup MVP to NHL star? (VIDEO)

The Oil Kings forward teamed with Coyotes draft pick Henrik Samuelsson on Edmonton's first line, putting up 30 goals, 60 points.



Edmonton Oil Kings forward Edgars Kulda had a whale of a Memorial Cup, putting up seven points in five games and registering them all at the right moments, en route to a Canadian national championship.

But questions about the big Latvian winger remain…

Like, was his sudden hike this season – from 17 points to 60 in 66 games – too sudden? Sure, he was great in London, but is he ready for the NHL? Will he ever be ready for the NHL?

The debate really isn’t about whether Kulda can be an NHL player. It’s more about, where will he go in this year’s draft?

Ranked 145th by Central Scouting before the Memorial Cup, he was already expected to be picked at some point, after he was passed over last year.

But did Kulda’s performance boost his stock enough? Can he jump into the second round? Or, is he still fitting in right where many scouts had him before, in the fourth round of later?

(*Reading the Edmonton Journal, it’s evident that Kulda’s perception among NHL scouts is all over the map…)

One thing’s clear: Kulda didn’t shy away from the top line on Canada’s best junior team, playing with headliners Henrik Samuelsson and Mitchell Moroz in Edmonton.

And he only got better on his game’s biggest stage, when the Oil Kings doubled up the Guelph Storm last month.

How far that takes him in June is, apparently, up to people who should know the best.

VIDEO: Bob McKenzie’s Top 10 NHL Draft Prospects for 2014

Just Posted

New festival celebrating Croatian culture to be held in Victoria

CROfest will be held May 4 and 5 at Croatian Catholic Church of St. Leopold Mandíc

High of 14 C for Wednesday

Plus your weekend forecast

Tryouts underway for Oak Bay High golf team

Cool April weather brings a chilly start for school team

Junior Shamrocks’ season openers this weekend

Ter 1 B squad plays Saturday at home while Junior A is off to Maple Ridge for a road game on Sunday

WATCH: Police call Happy Valley shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident

One person in custody, another fled following crash on Kelly Road

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt?

Images of one of the word’s most iconic landmarks were seared into… Continue reading

Early data suggests no post-legalization spike in drug-impaired driving charges

Many police departments are prioritizing investigations related to drugs like fentanyl and methamphetamine

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Most Read