The Minnesota Wild on Saturday assigned forward Teemu Pulkkinen to their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild.
Pulkkinen, 24, has one goal in eight NHL games with Minnesota this season. He spent all of 2015-16 in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings, notching six goals and six assists in 36 games.
Pulkkinen was one of the AHL’s leading scorers over the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons with Grand Rapids. After joining the Griffins in the spring of 2013 and helping them to a Calder Cup championship, Pulkkinen recorded 31 goals and 28 assists for 59 points in 71 games in 2013-14, then put up 34 goals and 27 assists for 61 points in just 46 contests in 2014-15, winning the Willie Marshall Award as the league’s top goal-scorer. He also participated in the AHL All-Star Classic and was named a First Team AHL All-Star.
In 40 Calder Cup Playoff games over three postseasons, Pulkkinen has amassed 22 goals and 12 assists for 34 points.
A native of Vantaa, Finland, Pulkkinen was originally selected by Detroit in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.