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Graovac Recalled From Iowa, Pulkkinen Clears Waivers

Pulkkinen assigned to Iowa after eight-game stint in Minnesota

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / http://www.wild.com

Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled forward Tyler Graovac from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL).

The Wild also announced that forward Teemu Pulkkinen has cleared waivers and been assigned to Iowa.

Graovac, 23 (4/27/93), posted three points (2-1=3) and was named the game's No. 1 Star in Iowa's 6-1 win vs. Milwaukee last night in Des Moines. The 6-foot-5, 212-pound native of Brampton, Ont., has totaled four points (3-1=4) in six games with Iowa this season, leading the team in power-play goals (2), ranking T-1st in goals and T-2nd in shots (16). Last season, he registered 16 points (5-11=16) in 39 games with Iowa and appeared in two games with Minnesota, suffering an injury in the season opener on Oct. 8 and undergoing bilateral core muscle repair surgery on Nov. 3. Graovac has played in five games with Minnesota over two seasons (2014-16) after being selected by the Wild in the seventh round (191st overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Saint Paul. He wears jersey No. 44 with Minnesota. 

Pulkkinen, 24 (1/2/92), recorded one goal in eight games with Minnesota after being claimed off of waivers from the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 11. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound native of Vantaa, Finland, owns 21 points (12-9=21) in 78 career NHL contests with Detroit and Minnesota. He has also totaled 121 points (65-56=121) in 119 AHL games with the Grand Rapids Griffins (2013-15). Pulkkinen was named to the 2014 AHL All-Rookie Team, 2015 AHL First All-Star Team and led the AHL in goals in 2014-15 (34-27=61 in 46 games). Pulkkinen was originally selected by Detroit in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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