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Fantasy Summary

Towering, mobile left-handed defenseman with great poise and tools. Needs to rein in the offensive aggression, but can develop into a unique second-pair blue-liner.


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February 2024 – Pulkkinen has impressed us more and more with each passing viewing, and we wouldn’t rank a D+1 this high if that weren’t the case. His style of play is as unique as his development trajectory; the hulking left-handed defenseman moves around the ice with shocking fluidity, which his handling skill can match. He’s composed under pressure – almost to a fault, as he can overestimate his ability to shield possession at times – and beyond comfortable with the puck on his stick. He has shown a level of offensive dare at both the WJC and in Liiga that complements his toolkit and creativity, and facilitates a 2nd pairing and PP2 projection. He uses his mobility and reach to match footwork when defending the rush, maintaining an increasingly consistent tight gap, and being able to close it aggressively and quickly.

We see upside with Pulkkinen in all three zones, but he shines brightest with the puck on his stick. To maintain a spot this high on our board, Pulkkinen will need to continue to balance on the line between actively fine-tuning his habits and retaining his offensive aggressiveness, which he has done very well so far this season. Sebastian High

Fantasy Upside 7.5
NHL Certainty 7.0
Country FIN
Position D
Roster Type Draft Eligible
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth December 27, 2004
Height 6‘6”
Weight 216 lbs
Drafted No


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2019-2020 JYP U16U16 SM-sarja Q24 5 27 24|        
  JYP U16U16 SM-sarja15 3 710 8|        
  JYP U17U17 SM-sarja2 0 22 2|        
 2020-2021 JYP U18U18 SM-sarja23 2 13 38|        
  JYP U18 AkatemiaU18 Mestis1 0 11 2|        
 2021-2022 JYP U18U18 SM-sarja40 11 1728 110|Relegation9 2 810
  JYP U20U20 SM-sarja2 0 00 0|        
  JYP U20 AkatemiaU20 Mestis0 0 00 0|Qualification1 0 11
 2022-2023 JYP U20U20 SM-sarja43 0 44 18|        
 2023-2024 JYP U20U20 SM-sarja18 11 1728 47|Playoffs7 4 610 22 
  JYPLiiga29 2 68 24|        
  KeuPa HTMestis6 2 24 2|        
  Finland U20WJC-207 1 23 8|        
  Finland U20 (all)International-Jr12 4 48 12|        
 2024-2025 JYPLiiga- - -- -|