Fair, but if the 4th changes to a 3rd, Devils win.
As an Oilers fan, a 3rd means we were able to beat the Jets and get at least two rounds of experience for the core of this team heading into a summer where Holland needs to push to form a contender. Building off of a playoff round win is absolutely worth giving up a 3rd over a 4th.
Kulikov has not been good contrary to what NJD fans have been saying. Peep his advanced stats: https://www.hockey-reference.com/players/k/kulikdm01-advanced.html
The most he should have got is a 5th
Yeah look at the advanced stats: he starts 2/3 of the time in the defensive zone and is the main shutdown defender the Devils have. So he is getting tough minutes against, on a bad team, against top lines on other teams and he was partnered with Subban most of the time.
Kulikov is not Hedman but he plays tough minutes, plays lots of PK, hits, and blocks shots. A 4th/ possible 3rd is pretty fair.
No I am not kidding. He's not good. Provide some stats to convince me otherwise
Those are stats in all situations. Kulikov plays on the PK and not the PP, which drags them down. At even strength, he's a positive possession player despite starting over 60% of his shifts in the defensive zone.