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HIFK Hesinki wins Finnish Winter Classic; Wings prospect Pulkkinen scores two

My Finnish is nonexistent, but according to Iltahleti, YLE, MTV3, Helsingin Sanomat and the websites of Jokerit Helsinki and the SM-Liiga’s website, Red Wings prospect Teemu Pulkkinen scored two goals in a losing effort as HIFK Helsinki defeated Jokerit 4-3 in the Finnish Winter Classic, held in front of 40,000 fans at Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium.

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WestWing's avatar

Interesting news.  I have great appreciation for your level of hockey geekitude George.  We get to see quite a bit of the Western Hockey League as we have a team here in Portland and I’ve had the good fortune of seeing a few NHL prospects during their junior careers over the past few years.  i posted some observations about Landon Ferraro about a month ago.

Pulkkinen was one of the Wings’ more interesting picks in recent years.  He has a reputation of being a natural goal scorer.  Word is he needs to improve his skating, become a more aware player on the defensive and get quite a bit stronger, but it’s always nice to find players who can put the puck in the net.  It’ll be interesting to see how he progresses over the next couple seasons.

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 02/05/11 at 09:18 PM ET

TheRealYooper's avatar

xm had tick tock on for a few minutes this afternoon. not much in new but a few tidbits. waylon willie and the boys, are who he likes to listen to, sir dangle is expected back monday or wednesday, ozzy sometime mid to late march.

Posted by TheRealYooper from within sight of the edge of the Earth. on 02/05/11 at 09:58 PM ET

Puppies and Hookers's avatar

I’ve read quite a bit of Pulkkinen and am convinced he’s got a Big NHL future.  My crystal ball tells me he will play for the Wings in 4 years and be a star within 7.

Heres a highlight real of this dude’s Brett Hull like slapshot.


Posted by Puppies and Hookers from La la land on 02/06/11 at 01:41 AM ET

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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com

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