Detroit Red Wings recall Teemu Pulkkinen from Grand Rapids

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The Detroit Red Wings announced today that they have recalled AHL leading goal scorer Teemu Pulkkinen from the Grand Rapids Griffins. This will be Pulkkinen’s third stint in Detroit this season.

It is unclear however who will be taken out of the starting lineup to accommodate Pulkkinen. The ideal fourth-line players would be either Tomas Jurco or Joakim Andersson, but with all the line shuffling coach Mike Babcock has been doing, it’s uncertain, especially following last night’s 5-2 loss to the Calgary Flames.

Pulkkinen was sent down only a few days ago and in only two games back down with the Griffins, Pulkkinen scored four goals, including a hat-trick in his first game back. He is tearing up the AHL with 34 goals, 27 assists and 61 points.

In 12 games the 23 year old has played in Detroit this year, he has two goals and two points. Of course we all want to see him take off, but we can’t rush the future. Pulkkinen is possibly the best prospect the Red Wings have. Hopefully he soon flourishes into a Tatar/Nyquist type player, or even better. With the quick Brett Hull-like shot he possesses along with his quickness, the future is looking bright. He will be in the lineup tomorrow as the Red Wings take on the Boston Bruins in Boston at 12:30 P.M. ET.