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Wings recall Pulkkinen, assign Mrazek

by Kyle Kujawa / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today recalled right wing Teemu Pulkkinen from the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins and assigned goaltender Petr Mrazek to the Griffins.


Pulkkinen, 23, has racked up 57 points (30-27-57) in 44 games with the Griffins this season, including 18 points (10-8-18) in 11 games with the team since being assigned by Detroit on Jan. 20. He scored his AHL-leading 30th goal of the season on Sunday at Chicago – seven more goals than the next-highest in the league – becoming the first Griffin to score 30 goals in back-to-back seasons. He also leads the league in points and is second in game-winning goals (6), power-play goals (10) and shots on goal (178). The Vantaa, Finland, native has also skated in six games with the Red Wings this season, notching his first NHL goal on Jan. 20 versus Minnesota. Originally drafted by Detroit in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Pulkkinen also appeared in 185 professional games with Jokerit of Finland’s SM-Liiga from 2009-13 prior to coming to North America, totaling 128 points (49-79-128).


Mrazek, 23, has appeared in 20 games for Detroit this season, posting a 13-5-1 record with a 2.55 goals-against average, a 0.909 save percentage and one shutout. In 31 career games with the Red Wings over the past three seasons, the Ostrava, Czech Republic, native is 16-10-1 with a 2.29 goals-against average, a 0.914 save percentage and three shutouts. He has also played 80 games for the Griffins since 2012-13, sporting a 48-27-3 record, a 2.30 goals-against average, a 0.916 save percentage and four shutouts. He helped the Griffins capture their first-ever Calder Cup championship as a rookie in 2013, posting a 15-9 record, a 2.31 goals-against average, a 0.916 save percentage and four shutouts en route to the AHL’s title. Prior to turning professional, Mrazek played 132 games for the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s from 2009-12 and went 75-37-10 with a 2.87 goals-against average, a 0.919 save percentage and nine shutouts.

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