2008-09: Teemu Pulkkinen played for the Jokerit club in the U-20 Junior “A” league. In 24 games, Pulkkinen scored 15 goals and added 13 assists for 28 points. Was part of the 2009 U-18 World Junior Championship team for Finland. In 6 games, he scored 7 goals and added 6 assists for 13 points.
2009-10: Split time between Jokerit’s U-20 team and the Elite club. In 17 games, Pulkkinen scored 20 goals and added 21 assists for 41 points. In 4 playoff games, he scored 3 goals and chipped in 3 assists for 6 points. In 12 games at the Elite level, Pulkkinen scored 1 goal and picked up 2 assists for 3 points. Pulkkinen played for Finland at the U-18 World Junior Championships. In 6 games, he scored 10 goals and added 5 assists for 15 points.
2010-11: Pulkkinen had a very impressive season for Jokerit. He played 55 games for the team, where he posted 18 goals and 36 assists. The assists he put up broke Teemu Selanne’s single-season record, made over 20 years ago. His post-season was cut shore due to a kidney infection, as he was only able to put up 1 assist in 3 games for Jokerit. Pulkkinen continued to shine in international play, as his 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points in 6 games stood out at the tournament.
2011-12: Pulkkinen slumped a bit in his second season in the SM-Liiga after scoring at a near point-per-game pace and finishing plus-23 as a rookie. He finished with 37 points and an even plus/minus in 56 games and was limited in the playoffs. Despite his struggles, Pulkkinen ended the season as Jokerit’s second-leading scorer with 16 goals and 21 assists. Due to nagging injuries and fatigue skated in 4 of 10 playoff games during Jokerit’s run to the semifinals and was minus-three with 1 assist. Pulkkinen was the leading scorer for Finland at the U20 World Junior Championship, finishing with 6 goals and 4 assists and was plus-4 in seven games. Finland finished fourth after taking eventual champion Sweden in a shootout in the semifinals. Pulkkinen signed a three-year entry-level contract with Detroit in May 2012.
2012-13: Pulkkinen made his debut in North American pro hockey — joining Detroit AHL affiliate Grand Rapids in April following his third season with Jokerit in Finland. He had an assist and was -1 with 2 penalty minutes in two regular season games. The Griffins finished first in the Midwest Division and captured the Calder Cup championship. Pulkkinen played in 14 playoff games ,scoring 3 goals with 2 assists, and was +2 with 10 penalty minutes. In Finland’s SM-Liiga he was the third-leading scorer for regular season champion Jokerit, scoring 14 goals with 20 assists in 59 games and finishing +5 with 49 penalty minutes. The Helsinki club lost to Lukko in a quarterfinal playoff series and Pulkkinen was the team’s leading scorer with 2 goals and 3 assists in six games; finishing +2 with 22 penalty minutes.
Has first-class, high end talent. Pulkkinen possesses a very dangerous shot, as it is both heavy and accurate. He also has a very quick release. He also has some playmaking skills. Not the best skater in the world, but makes up for it with his ability to hang onto the puck.
Pulkkinen's rapid adjustment to the AHL proved that he has the offensive game to play professionally. He projects as a future NHL forward, but will likely spend the majority of 2014-15 continuing to hone his overall game with Grand Rapids.