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Griffins’ Jarnkrok Pulkkinen, Frk hope to constitute the ‘next wave’ during rookie AHL campaigns

The Grand Rapids Griffins kick off a slate of preseason games tomorrow night in Plymouth, tangling with the Lake Erie Monsters at Compuware Arena at 7 PM, and they'll reprise their "neutral-site game" against Lake Erie on Sunday at Windsor's WFCU Centre.

The Griffins will begin their 2013-2014 campaign with back-to-back games in Rochester and Toronto on October 4th and 5th, and they won't raise their Calder Cup banner until their home opener on October 18th.

While coverage of the Griffins' training camp has been sparse, the Grand Rapids Press's Peter J. Wallner notes that the Griffins have a crop of star and/or superstar-in-the-making forwards who hope to make significant impacts during their first AHL campaigns:

Calle Jarnkrok, Martin Frk and Teemu Pulkkinen are among the most touted players in the organization, and how high they climb will be determined by how well they play with the Griffins this season.

They could become the next wave of spotlight scorers, a la Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar. But they must also find their niche on a team that won the Calder Cup last season and has a good mix of veterans and other prospects also expected to produce.

Speaking about most of the newcomers, coach Jeff Blashill said: “The positive thing is that these guys have gone through 2 ½ weeks in Detroit and they now have a better understanding of what they need to do to be successful.

“… It’s a learning process here and the good thing for them is they have a lot of talent and ability, and once they put those together they’re going to be real good players.”

Here’s a chance to learn more about each:

Wallner continues, obviously, and his article's more than worth your time.

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