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In Topic: Pulkkinen sent back to GR

Today, 02:07 AM

This argument is exactly the same as about Mrazek. Both are very successful in the AHL but, depending on who is posting, need to develop further on the AHL or be given a chance to learn the NHL game by having as much time as possible on the Wings

I agree but the wings are playoff bound and unlike last year don't have the injuries which would allow these guys to develop at the NHL level.

In Topic: Pulkkinen sent back to GR

Today, 01:54 AM

I think some people just quote things straight from a cliche book. Say what they think seems like it should be true rather than doing any actual analysis.
He has the best shots/60 on the team, 10th best among all forwards in the league in fact (and 4th best 5v5 ZS adj.). The % of his shot attempts blocked is a little on the high side, but not terribly so (and having a shot blocked does not necessarily mean he didn't get it off quick enough). He's not really missing an unusual amount of shots either, so I'd say his aim is fine. The low shooting% is probably from poor shot quality (I would guess Babs has told him to just shoot the puck whenever he can). He's also had a few shots that have gotten past the goalie but just didn't quite make it in. The stats could be skewed by the small sample size, but that goes for the negative ones as well.
He doesn't need to work on getting his shot off.
Biggest need for him to work on from what I've seen is working with his teammates. Seems often to be unprepared when the puck gets to him, especially on the PP. Needs to work on beating NHL caliber players too. Unfortunately, he can't do either that well in the AHL and we have better options now. But at least he gets to be a major player in GR, and hopefully have a nice playoff run. Next year will be his opportunity to take his game up a notch.

His biggest asset is his ability to score( at AHL level) but if like you're saying he's not prepared to shoot the puck on the power play and he can't beat NHL defenseman what is the use in having him on the team at the current moment?
When you're unprepared and you take the shot anyway,you rarely know where the shot will end up. He also as you mentioned hasn't learned how to properly beat NHL players with his shot, a lot of times his shot goes straight at the defenseman, completely wide of the goal,or right at the goalie. The game is moving too fast for him. I agree that we have better options at the moment. Which is why I don't think there's anything wrong with sending a young kid back down to the minors to practice on the things that he realized he was doing wrong and the NHL level.

Fyi: "poor shot quality" as you put it, goes to his ability to recognize a shooting situation and getting off a good shot on target. Which he hasn't learned to do yet.

In Topic: Pulkkinen sent back to GR

Yesterday, 11:25 PM

His aim is fine in Grand Rapids

He most likely has more time to shoot in GR,and rushes at the NHL which causes him to shoot poorly. So he needs to work on his aim/poise.

In Topic: Pulkkinen sent back to GR

Yesterday, 09:56 PM

Most important thing he has to get better at is his aim. Go to GR and work on it and he'll get another chance to impress next year.

In Topic: Official 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Thread

Yesterday, 08:30 PM

I think the media has a lot to do with that perception.

The media builds it up for sure, but the Leafs have needed to clean house for awhile now.