The potential of Teemu Pulkkinen developing into an NHL player was too good to survive waiver exposure.
The Minnesota Wild picked Pulkkinen off waivers by today's noon deadline, ending the undersized forward’s career with the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings exposed him after a disappointing exhibition season but had hoped to put him in the minors and give him more time to develop.
Pulkkinen, 24, has 11 goals and 20 points in 70 NHL games dating to 2013-14. He was off to a nice start last season, with five goals in 16 games, and had 11 points after 24 games when he suffered a dislocated shoulder. He returned mid-January but couldn't regain his early foothold and ended up scratched most of the second half. Pulkkinen joined Finland for the world championship, but he wasn't used when the games gained intensity.
The Wings drafted Pulkkinen in the fourth round (111th overall) in 2010.