Highly touted Red Wings prospect Teemu Pulkkinen expects to return to Finland for another season of grooming after turning in what he recognizes as a subpar season in 2011-12.
Detroit's fourth-round draft choice in 2010, Pulkkinen has been compared to former NHL star Brett Hull. However, the left winger's production in Finland dropped last season to 16 goals and 21 assists from 18 goals and 36 assists the season before.
"I didn't play so good last season," Pulkkinen, 20, said after a practice session during the Red Wings development camp. "It's a good league in Finland, a real good league with real good players, and I didn't play as good." Pulkkinen signed an entry-level contract with the Wings last month and will participate in training camp in September. But with the overload of forwards on the roster, it's doubtful the 5-foot-10, 194 pounder could earn a spot, so he'll stay in Finland one more season.
"It's important to go back and play one (more) good season," he said.
Sat, Jul 14, 2012 08:58:00 PM