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REPORT: Sharks Sign Finnish Defenseman Valtteri Pulli



Credit: TPS Turku

The San Jose Sharks have added a defenseman.

And not just top prospect Shakir Mukhamadullin, who they assigned to the San Jose Barracuda today.

BREAKING: Mukhamadullin To Start With Barracuda

According to Ilta Sanomat, the San Jose Sharks have signed 22-year-old Valtteri Pulli to a two-year entry-level contract.

The 6-foot-6 Pulli has three goals and 14 assists in 53 games for TPS Turku this season.

The left-hander also had a contract with TPS next season, so according to NHL-IIHF rules, if he doesn’t make the San Jose Sharks this fall, he will go home.

Contract terms were not disclosed.

Pulli is a bit of a late-bloomer, a prospect who was not necessarily on NHL radars at the beginning of this season. But he made a big leap this year, we’ll see if he has another in him.

“Cleaning up his in-zone defence, becoming a more frequent scanner and executor on breakouts and retrievals and leveraging his physicality and reach further as a rush defender,” Elite Prospects’ Lasse Alanen wrote in a detailed Pulli profile, “could go a long way in making Pulli a worthwhile late-bloomer bet.”

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