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Wings prospects at the WJC update: Pulkkinen’s Finns advance, Mrazek’s Czechs lose in OT

Very briefly: Two of the five Red Wings prospects who took part in the World Junior Championships have games left to play tomorrow.

Teemu Pulkkinen registered a goal and an assist in Finland’s wild 8-4 win over Slovakia, and while Marek Tvrdon scored a goal and an injured Tomas Jurco played through a hip flexor injury and added an assist, the Slovaks couldn’t handle the Finns’ offensive power.

In the other quarterfinal, Petr Mrazek stopped 43 of the 45 shots he faced, but the Russians dropped the Czech Republic 2-1 in overtime.

The Finns will face off against Wings prospect Mattias Backman and Sweden in the first quarterfinal at 5 PM EST on Tuesday, and the Russians will face Canada at 9 PM. Both games will air on the NHL Network in the U.S. and TSN in Canada.

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Mrazek is a beast and I think he’s crossed the level into coveted prospect at this point.  Thriving under pressure in grueling tourny formats.  Love his character and enthusiasm.’


On a side note George, I saw on one of these WJ posts that Pulkinen was listed as 5’10” and 195 lbs…  That’s not the twinkle toes I was lead to believe he was.. that’s aboout Pav’s size, plus 5lbs.  Seems plenty big enough to come over.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/03/12 at 03:06 AM ET

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HockeytownOverhaul, i saw him tonight and he’d be lucky to be 5’10”.

Posted by TheAdventureCapitalist on 01/03/12 at 03:10 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

The usual rule is that if they’re dominant among their peers, give them another 3-4 either back home and/or in the AHL. Keep in mind that Pulkkinen’s a 20-year-old in a tournament for 17-to-20-year-olds…

And from what I know, he’s maybe 5’9” and a half and a little on the chubby side. He channels Brett Hull in more ways than one wink

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 01/03/12 at 03:28 AM ET

WestWing's avatar

J√§rnkrok, Pulkkinen, Mrazek, the obscenely skilled Jurco, Tvrdon, Sproul, Oulette, Sheahan all in the pipeline.  Nyquist, Smith, Tatar, Callahan, Aubry and the enigma that is Landon Ferraro all in their first or second pro seasons.  Every reason to believe that some of these guys are going to break through and be very successful at the highest level.  Exciting times.  Love the fact that you give the young guys coverage, George.

On a somewhat related note, I just got my tickets to see the Wings in Vancouver on Groundhog day in what should be an absolutely awesome couple of days for Wings fans who make the trip up there.  The night after the Wings/Canucks game, the Vancouver Giants (Marek Tvrdon’s team) will be hosting Kamloops, but the real attraction is “Gordie Howe Legends Night”.  Apparently Mr. Hockey is a minority owner of the Vancouver major-junior franchise and will be honored that night.  Two nights of hockey, including a Wings game and the chance to shake hands with a living legend.  Hockey Heaven!!

Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/03/12 at 04:53 AM ET

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Posted by WestWing from Portland, Oregon on 01/03/12 at 01:53 AM ET

Lucky bastard.  Loud and Proud, West.

Posted by SYF from Zata's Epic Viking Beard on 01/03/12 at 04:53 PM ET

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