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 (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Detroit Red Wings
Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
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 left winger currently playing for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL). 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, he 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 finished as 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. He broke Teemu Selänne's 20-year-old single-season record for assists by a rookie, with 36.[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, he was assigned to the Red Wings' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, in April 2013 following the completion of his third season with Jokerit in Finland. He scored his first North American goal in a Calder Cup playoff game on May 1 against the Houston Aeros. Pulkkinen played in 14 playoff games in total for the Griffins, recording three goals and two assists during the team's eventual Calder Cup championship victory.[5]

During the 2013–14 season, in his first full season with the Griffins, Pulkkinen 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 Detroit in a game against the Edmonton Oilers.[6] At the time of his call-up, Pulkkinen was the Griffins' leading scorer and ranked second amongst all 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 Red Wings.[8] At the time of his call-up, Pulkkinen was the Griffins' leading scorer and ranked first in the AHL with 20 goals and second in the League with 39 points in 33 games. He was also on an eight-game goal scoring streak for Grand Rapids, which tied the franchise record set by Donald MacLean during the 2005–06 season. It was the longest goal-scoring streak in the AHL since Drayson Bowman recorded a goal in eight-straight early in the 2012–13 season.[9] On January 20, Pulkkinen scored his first career NHL goal against Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild.[10]

On January 29, whilst back with Grand Rapids, Pulkkinen scored his first career hat-trick, all on the power play. He became just the second player in Griffins franchise history to record three power play goals in one game, following Joe Murphy, who performed the feat in 2001.[11]On February 15, Pulkkinen recorded his AHL-leading 30th goal of the season, becoming the first player in franchise history to record back-to-back 30-goal seasons.[12] Pulkkinen finished the 2014–15 season recording 34 goals and 27 assists in 46 games for an AHL-best 1.33 average points per game. He was the finished second in points recorded for the Griffins, and was the leading goal-scorer in the AHL, winning the Willie Marshall Award despite the fact that he played in at least 27 fewer games than the three next-highest League goal scorers. Additionally, in 31 games played with the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL, Pulkkinen recorded five goals and three assists.[13][14]

On May 6, 2015, Pulkkinen scored his first career Calder Cup playoff hat-trick, and the seventh playoff hat-trick in Griffins history. He also became the Griffins' all-time leading post-season goal scorer, with 17, surpassing Derek King and Tomáš Tatar's tally of 16 goals apiece.[15][16]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Finland
Ice hockey
World U18 Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2010 Belarus
Bronze medal – third place 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 currently ranks second all-time in IIHF World U18 Championship scoring.[17]

In the 2010 IIHF World U18 Championships, Pulkkinen recorded ten goals and five assists in six games to become the tournament's leading scorer; he was also selected as 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 Czechoslovakia during the 1980 World Juniors.[18]

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
2014–15 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 46 34 27 61 30 16 14 4 18 22
2014–15 Detroit Red Wings NHL 31 5 3 8 10
NHL totals 34 5 3 8 12
Liiga totals 185 49 79 128 134 13 2 5 7 24

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 Championship First Team All-Star 2010 [19]
AHL All-Rookie Team 2013–14 [20]
AHL First All-Star Team 2014–15 [21]
Willie Marshall Award 2014–15 [22]

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. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (April 24, 2015). "Red Wings return Pulkkinen to Griffins". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Just in Time". Grand Rapids Griffins. April 24, 2015. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Pulkkinen's Hat Trick Powers Game 1 Win". Grand Rapids Griffins. May 6, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  16. ^ Cleves, Randy (May 6, 2015). "Pulkkinen tricks Rockford in Game 1". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  17. ^ "QuantHockey - IIHF WJC-U18 records". Retrieved February 15, 2015. 
  18. ^ Podnieks, Andrew (December 30, 2011). "Finland's rout sends U.S. down". IIHF. Retrieved December 30, 2011. 
  19. ^ 2010 U18 WJC All-Star Team
  20. ^ "2013-14 AHL All-Rookie Team announced". AHL. April 9, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Notes: Pulkkinen receives AHL honors". NHL. April 9, 2015. Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  22. ^ "O'Neill, Pulkkinen win scoring races". AHL. April 20, 2015. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 

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