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Red Wings return Pulkkinen to Griffins

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today assigned right wing Teemu Pulkkinen to the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins.

Pulkkinen, an AHL First-Team All-Star for the Griffins this season, captured the Willie Marshall Award as the league’s top goal scorer, tallying 34 goals despite playing in only 46 games due to time spent in Detroit. While with the Red Wings, the 23-year-old rookie winger tallied eight points (5-3-8) in 31 games and registered 10 penalty minutes and a plus-five rating. Pulkkinen finished second overall on Grand Rapids during the AHL’s regular season with 61 points (34-27-61), tying for 10th overall in the league. He has totaled 121 career points (65-56-121) in 119 career games with the Griffins and was a member of the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2014. The Vantaa, Finland, native spent parts of five seasons in Finland’s SM-Liiga before coming to North America, recording 128 points (48-79-128) in 185 games with Jokerit from 2008-13, earning honors as the league’s rookie of the year in 2010-11.

The Griffins will begin their best-of-five, first-round playoff series with back-to-back road games against the Toronto Marlies on Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.

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