Pulkkinen was placed on waivers Monday, Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Pulkkinen signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Golden Knights in July, but he doesn't appear likely to start the season in the NHL. Assuming he clears waivers, he'll likely report to AHL Chicago, which is now the affiliate of Vegas.
Pulkkinen signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with Vegas on Thursday. Pulkkinen logged a total of 13 games last season split between Minnesota and Arizona, tallying two goals while averaging just 9:23 of ice time. The one-way nature of the winger's contract would seem to indicate the Knights have an expanded role in mind for him, but what that looks like probably won't be determined until training camp.
Pulkkinen has been selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. Vegas will be Pulkkinen's fourth team in his brief career. In 89 career NHL games, the Finnish sniper has tallied 13 goals. Pulkkinen is a well below-average skater, but he has a bomb of a shot and is a huge asset on the power play. He's still just 25 years old, and Vegas would be wise to give Pulkkinen a legitimate shot at earning a top-six forward spot out of training camp.
Pulkkinen was a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game Thursday against Florida, and he has played just three of 12 contests since joining Arizona. Pulkkinen cannot carve out a full-time role despite his impressive AHL production and excellent shooting arsenal. While time is running out for the 25-year-old winger, there is a chance the addition of the Las Vegas franchise next year will create an opening somewhere for the gifted Finn. Pulkkinen is still worth stashing in deep keeper/dynasty settings.
Pulkkinen celebrated his Coyotes debut with a goal and three shots Thursday, although the team still suffered a 6-3 loss in Buffalo. Acquired on Monday from Minnesota, he skated just 10:55, the lowest mark among Arizona forwards, which isn't a very promising indicator of ongoing production. That said, the Coyotes are going absolutely nowhere, so it wouldn't be surprising for them to give young guys like Pulkkinen some extra ice time down the stretch. He certainly possesses the talent to capitalize if that happens.
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