DETROIT >> Teemu Pulkkinen likes to shoot the puck and he won’t be changing that mindset when he hits NHL debut Friday against the Edmonton Oilers.
“I’ve been practicing that since a little kid, playing outside and when you have free time on the ice,” Pulkkinen said. “I like to shoot the puck. That’s my type of game. I want to shoot, score goals, so that’s what I like to work on.”
Pulkkinen, who was recalled from Grand Rapids on Wednesday, leads the Griffins with 175 shots on goal.
“Teemu is an interesting player, he’s obviously not very big but he skates hard, he plays hard and loves to shoot the puck,” Cory Emmerton said. “He’s got an unbelievable shot, possibly one of the best I’ve ever played with or seen. I don’t know if he’s scored an ugly goal all year. They’ve all been pretty much slap shots, blowing it by the goalie. The NHL is a different level, but we’ll see how that plays out.”
Pulkkinen leads the Griffins with 26 goals and 51 points.
“He looks like he shoots the puck so shoot the puck,” Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “Do whatever you do, make sure you play well defensively and keep doing whatever you do that got you called up.”
Pulkkinen will play on the point on the Wings’ second power play unit Friday.
“(His shot is) just so hard, very accurate, too,” Gustav Nyquist said. “He usually shoots slap shots. I haven’t seen him take too many wristers. He likes to wind up and obviously when he gets that extra time it’s hard for the goalie to react to a hard shot like that, so he’s a really good shooter.”
Henrik Zetterberg still leads the team in shots on goal with 151, followed by Justin Abdelkader (133), Tomas Tatar (130) and Daniel Alfredsson (120).
“I think he’s more of a shoot-first type player,” Nyquist said. “From what I heard back in Finland he was a big goal-scorer back there too. He showed this year that he can score a lot of goals. He’s got a lot of goals in Grand Rapids for a first-year guy.”