With over seven years experience at LGW, I'm sure you've heard that success in the minor leagues doesn't necessarily correlate to the same level of success (or any at all) in the NHL. Jurco took a while to warm up to the AHL and Pulks did quite well integrating, which explains some of the discrepancy. Jurco spent a lot of time shifting the focus of his game from a dangler to someone who plays heavy and wears down on the opposition. Pulkinen has been able to rely on his cannon, which has made for a smoother transition for him, but I'm not convinced he's going to be that kind of force in the NHL. The players are bigger, faster, and there's less time and space to get that bomb off, and I'm expecting Pulkinen's adjustment to take longer and be more difficult than Jurco's with the transition to the NHL, because Jurco has already embraced the faster, heavier style of play, and I haven't seen much of it from Pulks yet.
Actually I am not, look at Pulkkinen's production in the playoffs and in his first season in the AHL.
Jurco's AHL rookie season:
GP G A P
74 14 14 28
GP G A P
71 31 28 59
Pulk's scored 2x the points,in less games in his first year in the AHL. He's also a right handed shot, and a pure goal scorer.
Jurco 106 games 60 points
Pulkkinen: 73 games 60 points
But you know us trolls, nearly 4,000 posts over over 7 years and donating to keep this site running.
But who knows how things will turn out. I wasn't calling Sheahan to steal a roster spot this year and look what happened.
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