|Detroit Red Wings|
|Written by Miika Arponen|
May 2013- After a tough start to the year Pulkkinen picked up the pace registering 7G-13A-20PTS over his last 27 games played. Far superior then the 14PTS produced throughout the first 32 games. Pulkkinen was able to carry that momentum with him into the playoffs for his first place Jokerit squad where he posted a point a game(2G-5A-7PTS in 7GP). Red Wings wanted to see Pulkkinen first hand and since Jokerit was ousted in the first round of the playoffs they were able to have him suit up for the last two games of their AHL affiliate Griffins season where he found the scoresheet with an assist. He has since also lit the lamp for his first North American goal scoring in their 4-2 win of the Houston Aero's to help give Grand Rapid's a 2-1 series lead. Red Wings Brass hope to see much more of his scoring prowess on display and keep it going right into training camp next season. Travis Watson
December 2012 - Pulkkinen was criticized a lot in September and October for playing lazy and not concentrating in his game. However, he has managed to score eight points in his last 12 games and has fought his way back onto the power play unit. Miika Arponen
October 2012 - Pulkkinen started the season alongside other highly touted Finnish prospect Teuvo Teräväinen but after four pointless games they were separated. After the move Pulkkinen has a goal and an assist in three games although he has been playing with significantly lower-talented linemates and received little to none power play time. Miika Arponen
August 2012 – Coming to training camp with the correct mind set and situational awareness is a huge attribute mentally for professional players. Pulkkinen’s work ethic may be questioned, but he seems to understand where he fits. After signing his three year entry level pact, Pulkkinen discussed with the Detroit News, the likely hood of him returning to Finland after camp, and needing to show growth and strength in his game moving forward. Detroit has a long history of taking players slowly and properly and bringing in players prepared not only ready to preform, but also act professionally on and off the ice. Jason Banks
February 2011 - Before the 2010 draft Pulkkinen was projected to be at least an early second round pick in many mock drafts. For some reason he fell to the fourth round and he may be an absolute steal for the Red Wings there. He is now 20 years old and has already played 126 games in SM-liiga scoring 94 points. Pulkkinen is the complete package, but mostly in the attacking end. He has a really good shot and great playmaking skills. His biggest problem is his attitude. He seems to have no interest in defending and he has been a healthy scratch for Jokerit in all games in SM-liiga playoffs this season.
Fantasy Outlook: B+
If he learns his defending and gets a healthier attitude, he could be a deadly force in the NHL with his sniping.
Collection of Pulkkinen's goals throughout his career:
Fantasy Prospects Report Notes (Any FPR's released in the last 18 months will not be listed here):
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|Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 09:17|