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TEEMU PULKKINEN
Teemu Pulkkinen
Position: Left Wing
Shoots: Right
Vitals: 5’11” / 185 lbs.
Birthdate: January 2, 1992
Hometown: Vantaa, Finland
Acquired: Detroit’s fourth choice (111st overall) in the 2010 draft
CSS Ranking: 17th European skater (2010)
Contract: 2015 via CapGeek.com
RWC Says: Sniper

STORIES

AWARDS
  • 2010 IIHF world under-18 championship top three player (Finland)
  • 2010 IIHF world under-18 championship all-star
  • 2010 IIHF world under-18 championship top forward
  • 2010 IIHF world under-18 championship most goals (10)
  • 2010 IIHF world under-18 championship most points (15)
  • 2010-11 Finnish SM-Liiga single-season rookie assists record (36)

HISTORY
2008-09:
  • Absolutely tore apart the Finnish under-18 ranks with Jokerit Helsinki (9-16-19-35).
  • Didn’t slow down much at the under-20 level (24-15-13-28).
  • Made his Finnish SM-Liiga debut with Jokerit (3-0-0-0).
  • Finished third in scoring en route to bronze at IIHF world under-18 championship (6-7-6-13).
  • Ranked by numerous scouting services as a potential top-10 or -20 pick for the 2010 NHL draft.
  • Selected 50th overall by Kelowna in the CHL import draft.
  • Underwent off-season surgery for a nagging knee problem.
2009-10:
  • Recovered from off-season knee surgery and started year in Finnish SM-Liiga with Helsinki Jokerit.
  • Struggled to produce before breaking his wrist (12-1-2-3).
  • Missed IIHF world junior championship because of injuries.
  • Returned in new year with Jokerit’s under-20 team and dominated (17-20-21-41).
  • Won a bronze medal at IIHF world under-18 championship, leading tournament in scoring (6-10-5-15).
  • Underwent off-season shoulder surgery that put him out 18 weeks.
  • Selected in the second round (24th overall) by Dinamo Minsk in the Kontinental Hockey League draft.
  • Ranked as a second-rounder for the NHL draft (50th by THN, 53rd by ISS, 17th by CS).
  • Selected in the fourth round (111th overall) by the Red Wings in the NHL draft.
2010-11:
  • Finished fifth in Finnish SM-Liiga scoring with Helsinki Jokerit (55-18-36-54).
  • Broke Teemu Selanne’s 20-year-old single-season rookie assists record with 36 helpers.
  • Tied for second in SM-Liiga power-play goals (10) and tied for fifth with a plus-23 rating.
  • Led sixth-place Finland in scoring at the WJC (9-3-6-9, plus-2, 26 shots).
  • Missed four of team’s seven playoff games with a kidney infection (3-0-1-1).
2011-12:
  • Returned to Jokerit for second full SM-Liiga season (56-16-21-37, even plus-minus, 235 shots).
  • Production slipped by 17 points from previous season, but was second in team scoring.
  • Missed start of SM-Liiga playoffs with foot injury, then assigned to Jokerit’s junior team for two games.
  • Returned to appear in just four of Jokerit’s 10 playoff games (4-0-1-1, minus-3, 25 shots).
  • Put up big numbers at WJC, helping Finland finish fourth (7-6-4-10, plus-4, 42 shots).
  • Tied for third in WJC goal-scoring but scored four of six goals in 10-1 blowout win over Denmark.
2012-13:
  • Returned to Jokerit of SM-Liiga and placed third in team scoring (59-14-20-34, plus-5, 260 shots).
  • Overcame brutal start (22-3-3-6) and enjoyed much better second half (37-11-17-28).
  • Led Jokerit in playoff scoring (6-2-3-5, plus-2, 38 shots).
  • Following early SM-Liiga playoff exit, joined AHL’s Grand Rapids for remainder of season.
  • Played in two regular season games and 14 of 24 playoff games (14-3-2-5, plus-2, 26 shots).
  • Bumped from lineup in final two rounds after arrivals of Gustav Nyquist and Joakim Andersson.

SCOUT COMMENTS
“He loves to have the puck, he loves being on the power play,and he shoots the puck all the time. He’s like Jari Kurri. It’s a nice thing to say, but it’s true, and Jari Kurri wasn’t the fastest skater either … He’s a goal-scorer, which is really hard to find these days, but he can also make plays. He has a good shot and he’s so smart at finding openings.” — Red Wings scout Ari Vuori (June 2010) … “He loves to shoot the puck and he can really shoot it. He’s always in the right position. He’s a dangerous player from the tops of the circles down. His skating is not one of his best assets, but the one thing he has is the ability to score goals.” — Red Wings scout Mark Leach (January 2012) … “We might have a poor-man’s Brett Hull on our hands because he has a hell of a shot.” — Red Wings scout Hakan Andersson (January 2012) … “He’s a pure goal-scorer, with a Brett Hull type of shot; loves to shoot the puck, has a great release. Europeans aren’t known as shooters, but he has a Brett Hull type of mentality. Finds open spots, lets it rip.” — Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill (MLive.com, May 2012).

STRENGTHS
Described to The Hockey News by one scout as a “pure sniper” with “a great shot” and a “great release” … Loves to shoot … Has that dynamic feel as a right shot on the left wing, which opens him up for plenty of one-time opportunities … Absolutely lethal on the power play … Hockey sense is outstanding … Innate knack for finding the spots on the ice in a way not unlike Brett Hull or Jari Kurri … Underrated as a playmaker, as he has dished out some sweet feeds at the junior level … Although he isn’t big, he has a stocky build and a low center of gravity.

WEAKNESSES
Skating is either average or below average, depending on which scout you ask, but without a doubt he lacks the top gear usually required of smaller wingers … Has been criticized for spending too much time on the perimeter … Loves scoring and producing offense, but needs to round that out with improved play without the puck … Misses the net more than he should, and might need to take some velocity off his shots … Has a tendency to take long shifts … Conditioning needs work.

PROJECTION
Pulkkinen is hungry for goals and has both the shooting ability and offensive-zone smarts to score plenty of them. Look at his IIHF numbers at two WJCs and two U-18 championships — an astounding 26 goals and 24 assists for 50 points in just 25 games. The rest of his game, however, is a big question mark and it’s not clear if he’ll become more than a power-play specialist in the NHL. As Red Wings scout Hakan Andersson said, “we might have a poor-man’s Brett Hull on our hands.” Although he improved his conditioning and all-around game in 2012-13, he still has work to do and will look to establish himself as an AHL goal-scorer with Grand Rapids in 2013-14.

Player statistics powered by www.eliteprospects.com

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2006-2007 Jokerit U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 11 26 21 47 10 |          
  Jokerit U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 11 21 22 43 0 | Playoffs 6 7 10 17
  Jokerit U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 1 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 3 3 2 5 0 |          
 2007-2008 Jokerit U16 Jr. C SM-sarja Q 1 3 3 6 0 |          
  Jokerit U16 Jr. C SM-sarja 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 2 5 3 8
  Jokerit U18 Jr. B SM-sarja Q 9 13 7 20 0 |          
  Jokerit U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 23 23 17 40 8 | Playoffs 6 11 6 17
  Finland U16 (all) International-Jr 7 6 11 17 4 |          
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 5 3 8 10 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 11 8 6 14 22 |          
 2008-2009 Jokerit U18 Jr. B SM-sarja Q 5 10 12 22 2 |          
  Jokerit U18 Jr. B SM-sarja 4 6 7 13 2 |          
  Jokerit U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 24 15 13 28 12 |          
  Jokerit Liiga 3 0 0 0 6 |          
  Suomi U20 Mestis 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U17 (all) International-Jr 5 3 7 10 4 |          
  Finland U17 WHC-17 5 3 6 9 4 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 6 7 6 13 4 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 12 9 15 24 8 |          
 2009-2010 Jokerit U20 Jr. A SM-liiga 17 20 21 41 41 | Playoffs 4 3 3 6
  Jokerit Liiga 12 1 2 3 6 |          
  Finland U18 WJC-18 6 10 5 15 10 |          
  Finland U18 (all) International-Jr 11 10 7 17 4 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 7 0 8 8 6 |          
 2010-2011 Jokerit Liiga 55 18 36 54 32 | Playoffs 3 0 1 1
  Jokerit ET 5 2 4 6 0 | Playoffs 3 0 0 0
  Suomi U20 Mestis 1 1 0 1 0 |          
  Finland U20 WJC-20 6 3 6 9 6 |          
 2011-2012 Jokerit Liiga 56 16 21 37 41 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1
  Jokerit ET 7 4 3 7 0 | Playoffs 2 0 2 2
  Finland U20 WJC-20 7 6 4 10 2 |          
  Finland EHT 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Finland U20 (all) International-Jr 16 13 7 20 10 |          
 2012-2013 Jokerit Liiga 59 14 20 34 49 | Playoffs 6 2 3 5 22 
  Jokerit ET 7 2 5 7 4 |          
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 0 1 1 2 | Playoffs 14 3 2 5 10 
 2013-2014 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 0 0 2 |          
  Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 69 30 26 56 34 |          

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