Teemu Pulkkinen

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Teemu Pulkkinen
Teemu Pulkkinen.jpg
Born (1992-01-02) January 2, 1992 (age 23)
Vantaa, Finland
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Detroit Red Wings
Jokerit
NHL Draft 111th overall, 2010
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2009–present

Teemu Pulkkinen (born January 2, 1992) is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger, who is currently playing for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). Pulkkinen was drafted 111th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Jokerit[edit]

Pulkkinen made his first appearance for Jokerit on December 5, 2008 at the age of 16.[1] Before joining the team, Pulkkinen was an integral part of Jokerit's Junior-B club, scoring 36 goals and a total of 60 points in 32 games during the 2007–08 regular season. His team went on to win the Finnish championship and Pulkkinen became the top scorer in the playoffs with 17 points in just six games.[2]

During the 2010–11 season, in his rookie season with Jokerit, Pulkkinen played in 55 games, recording 18 goals and 36 assists. Pulkkinen broke Teemu Selänne's 20-year old single-season record for assists by a rookie, with 36 assists.[3]

Professional[edit]

On May 29, 2012, Pulkkinen signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings.[4] During the 2012–13 season Pulkkinen was assigned to the Detroit Red Wings AHL affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, in April, following his third season with Jokerit in Finland. Pulkkinen scored his first North American goal in a playoff game on May 1, 2013 against the Houston Aeros. Pulkkinen played in 14 playoff games for the Griffins, recording three goals and two assists, during their run to the Calder Cup.[5]

During the 2013–14 season, in his first full season with the Griffins, he led the team in scoring, finishing with 31 goals and 28 assists in 71 games.

On March 14, 2014, Pulkkinen made his NHL debut for the Detroit Red Wings in a game against the Edmonton Oilers.[6] At the time of his call-up, Pulkkinen was the Griffins' leading scorer and ranked second among AHL rookies with 51 points in 60 games. He also led AHL rookies in goals (26), shots (175) and plus/minus rating (20).[7]

On January 8, 2015, Pulkkinen was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings.[8] At the time of his call-up, Pulkkinen was the Griffins' leading scorer and ranked first in the league with 20 goals, and second in the league with 39 points in 33 game. Pulkkinen was on an eight-game goal scoring streak for the Grand Rapids Griffins, which ties the franchise record set by Donald MacLean during the 2005–06 season. It is the longest goal scoring streak in the AHL since Drayson Bowman recorded a goal in eight straight games early in the 2012–13 season.[9] On January 20, 2015, Pulkkinen recorded his first career NHL goal against Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild.[10]

On January 29, 2015, Pulkkinen recorded his first career hat-trick. Pulkkinen became the second player in franchise history to record three power play goals in a game, following Joe Murphy in 2001.[11] On February 15, 2015, Pulkkinen recorded his league leading 30th goal of the season, becoming the first player in franchise history to score 30 goals in back-to-back seasons.[12]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Finland
Ice hockey
World U18 Championships
Bronze 2010 Belarus
Bronze 2009 United States

Pulkkinen represented Finland at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships in the United States, where he recorded 13 points in six games to finish third in tournament scoring behind teammate Toni Rajala and Russian Vladimir Tarasenko, helping lead Finland to a bronze medal. With 28 points, Pulkkinen ranks second in the all-time IIHF World U18 Championships scoring list.[13]

In the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships, Pulkkinen recorded 10 goals and five assists in six games to become the tournament's leading scorer, and he was also selected to be the tournament's best forward.

Pulkkinen was part of the Finnish national team for the 2012 World Junior Championships. In a game against Denmark on December 30, 2011, Pulkkinen scored four goals in the third period, part of a five point game for him; this tied a record for most goals in a period during a World Junior game, first set by Ján Vodila of the Czechoslovakian national team during the 1980 World Juniors.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Jokerit SM-liiga 3 0 0 0 6
2009–10 Jokerit SM-liiga 12 1 2 3 6
2010–11 Jokerit SM-liiga 55 18 36 54 32 3 0 1 1 0
2011–12 Jokerit SM-liiga 56 16 21 37 41 4 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Jokerit SM-liiga 59 14 20 34 49 6 2 3 5 22
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 0 1 1 2 14 3 2 5 10
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 71 31 28 59 34 10 5 6 11 10
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 0 0 2
Liiga totals 185 49 79 128 134 13 2 5 7 24
NHL totals 3 0 0 0 2

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2009 Finland U18 3rd 6 7 6 13 4
2010 Finland U18 3rd 6 10 5 15 10
2010 Finland WJC 5th 7 0 8 8 6
2011 Finland WJC 6th 6 3 6 9 6
2012 Finland WJC 4th 7 6 4 10 2
Junior totals 32 26 29 55 28

Awards and achievements[edit]

Award Year
IIHF World U18 Championships First Team All-Star[15] 2010
AHL All-Rookie Team[16] 2013–14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vuorio, Jukka (June 12, 2008). "Kokemusta ja nuoruutta areenan jäällä" (in Finnish). jatkoaika.com. Retrieved June 12, 2008. 
  2. ^ Teemu Pulkkinen
  3. ^ "Wings in Waiting: Teemu Pulkkinen". Detroit Red Wings. July 2, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ Roose, Bill (May 29, 2012). "Wings sign Pulkkinen to entry-level deal". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved May 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Almquist's Late Goal Gives Griffins Game 3 Win". Grand Rapids Griffins. May 1, 2013. Retrieved May 1, 2013. 
  6. ^ Roose, Bill (March 12, 2014). "Pulkkinen to make debut for injured Wings". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved March 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Red Wings Firsts: Teemu Pulkkinen". Detroit Red Wings. August 27, 2014. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Red Wings recall Teemu Pulkkinen". Detroit Red Wings. January 8, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Eight Is Enoguh?". Grand Rapids Griffins. January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Pulkkinen hammers first NHL goal past Dubnyk". Detroit Red Wings. January 20, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Pulkkinen Drives Iowa Wild with Hat Trick". Grand Rapids Griffins. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Grfiffins 5, Wolves 1: Teemu Pulkkinen picks up 30th goal in win". MLive. February 15, 2015. Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  13. ^ "QuantHockey - IIHF WJC-U18 records". Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  14. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (December 30, 2011). "Finland's rout sends U.S. down". IIHF. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  15. ^ 2010 U18 WJC All-Star Team
  16. ^ "2013-14 AHL All-Rookie Team announced". AHL. April 9, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 

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