Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Wild Claims Pulkkinen off Waivers

The Minnesota Wild have plucked Teemu Pulkkinen off waivers. The 24-year-old winger went 11-9-20 and plus-7 in parts of three seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. The analytics community has been a little up in arms about the fact that Detroit waived the Vantaa, Finland native.

Reportedly it is Pulkkinen's lack of footspeed that has NHL GMs shying away from him.

In today's NHL the mantra is get faster or die trying, and Pulkkinen, despite his booming shot and great success at the AHL level and in brief NHL stints, isn't a no-brainer to many GMs.