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10-03-2012, 08:12 AM
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Pulkkinen has turned into better all-around player (still nothing to cheer about his physicality, balance... Skating has gone better though)... yay.

At the moment Pulkkinen cannot shoot the puck. I have seen couple of one timers from him and the shots have been pathetic.. He shot the puck wayyyy better 2-3 seasons ago. His decisions with the puck are ok I guess. But I´m most concerned about his shot. We havent seen him rifle that "holy slapper" (succesfully) for too long. There is a reason that he does not score goals (yesterday´s goal was a deflection) at the moment.

It is just mind boggling how his offensive game has disappeared in the last year or so. In 10-11 season he was probably the best forward for Finland in WJC, very consistent throughout the SM-liiga season and was excellent in pre-WC games, altough he did not make it to the team.

He is still young though, only 20y old. He just has to figure himself out offensive-wise again.

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