January 2, 1992 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)|
|NHL team (P)
|Detroit Red Wings
Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL)
|NHL Draft||111th overall, 2010
Detroit Red Wings
Teemu Pulkkinen (born January 2, 1992) is a Finnish professional ice hockey winger, who is 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.
Pulkkinen made his first appearance for Jokerit on December 5, 2008 at the age of 16. 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.
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.
On May 29, 2012, Pulkkinen signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings. 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.
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. 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).
On January 8, 2015, Pulkkinen was recalled by the Detroit Red Wings. 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. On January 20, 2015, Pulkkinen recorded his first career NHL goal against Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild.
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. 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. Pulkkinen finished the 2014–15 season recording 34 goals and 27 assists in 46 games, for a league-best 1.33 points per game. Pulkkinen was the seconding leading scorer for the Griffins, and was the leading goal scorer in the AHL, winning the Willie Marshall Award, despite playing in at least 27 fewer games than the three next-highest goal scorers. In 31 games with the Detroit Red Wings, Pulkkinen recorded five goals and three assists.
|Competitor for Finland|
|World U18 Championships|
|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.
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.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||31||5||3||8||10||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and achievements
|IIHF World U18 Championship First Team All-Star||2010|||
|AHL All-Rookie Team||2013–14|||
|AHL First All-Star Team||2014–15|||
|Willie Marshall Award||2014–15|||
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- Teemu Pulkkinen
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- 2010 U18 WJC All-Star Team
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