The Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League signed defenseman Jake Kulevich to an AHL contract on Friday. Kulevich shared his time last season with the Manitoba Moose of the AHL and the Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL.
While with the Moose, Kulevich had three assists for three points in 33 regular season games. He also had 15 penalty minutes and was a +9. In the 2018 Calder Cup Playoffs, Kulevich had one goal in five games. It is interesting that Kulevich has zero goals in 44 regular season games with the Moose over two seasons, and scored his first and only goal with Manitoba in the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Additionally, last season, Kulevich played eight games with the Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL. He had two assists for two points and nine penalty minutes.
At 6'3", 210 pounds, Kulevich is 25 years old and shoots left. Prior to playing for the Moose, Kulevich played one year with the South Shore Kings of the Eastern Junior Kings followed by four seasons with Colgate University of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Team defense was a serious problem for the Condors' NHL affiliate, the Edmonton Oilers last season. By adding Kulevich, the depth in the Oilers system when it comes to defense improves.
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