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by George Malik on 04/16/13 at 04:50 PM ET
As MLive's Ansar Khan noted this morning, the Red Wings had to return top prospect Calle Jarnkrok to Sweden so that he may prepare to participate in the World Championships, with Jarnkrok's AHL tenure limited to 9 games and 3 assists' worth of production before he was required to fly back to Gavle a full two weeks before the Worlds begin (the Swedish Ice Hockey Federation's very twitchy about icing the best product they can offer during the second year of their co-hosting of the Worlds with Helsinki, Finland, with the medal rounds taking place in Stockholm this time)...
The Grand Rapids Griffins will close their regular season with a three games-in-three-nights stretch against Peoria (at home) on Friday and road games in Cleveland and Chicago on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday reassigned right wing Teemu Pulkkinen (TEE-moo PUHL-kih-nuhn) from Jokerit (Finland) to the Grand Rapids Griffins. In addition, center Calle Jarnkrok has been reassigned from the Griffins to Brynas (Sweden).
Detroit’s fourth choice (111th overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Pulkkinen skated in 59 games with Jokerit of Finland’s top professional league, recording 34 points (14-20—34) and 49 penalty minutes. In 185 career games with Jokerit, the 21-year-old forward has registered 128 points (49-79—128) and 134 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound native of Vantaa, Finland, was named the league’s rookie of the year in 2010-11 after posting 54 points (18-36—54) in 55 contests.
Jarnkrok, 21, skated in nine games with the Griffins, collecting three assists and a plus-three rating. A second-round pick (51st overall) of Detroit in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Jarnkrok also appeared in 53 games for Brynas this season, leading the team and tying for eighth in the Swedish Elite League with 42 points (13-29—42). The Gavle, Sweden, native will compete for a roster spot on his country’s national team for the 2013 World Championship, which will be held in Stockholm, Sweden, and Helsinki, Finland, from May 3-19.
After clinching a playoff berth on Saturday, the Griffins will wrap up their regular season slate this week with three games in three days. Grand Rapids will host Peoria for its regular season home finale on Friday at 7 p.m. before concluding the season with back-to-back road games against Lake Erie on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Chicago on Sunday at 5 p.m. EDT. Tickets for Friday’s game are available at griffinshockey.com.
Pulkkinen will wear #26 for Grand Rapids, and he's going to play for the Griffins on a full-time basis next season. It's highly likely that Jarnkrok will do the same as well, and while both have a long way to go in terms of catching up with North American fitness levels, they've been playing professional hockey for the past two-plus seasons, and that will help them adjust to the AHL.
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